Sporting WCA

Building Up to the Washington Tournament

The Wildcats boys basketball team started off the season 1-2 in their first tournament of the year, an underwhelming beginning to their journey. Shortly after, Westminster went on a three game win streak bringing their record to 4-2, beating MICDS, Lutheran North, and St. Charles High.

A few weeks later, after winning one and losing two, the Cats were 5-4, going into the biggest game of the season so far. The Whitfield Warriors were ranked among one of the best teams in the state, and most were counting the Cats out from the get go. Led by Torrence Watson, 6’5” Division 1 shooting guard recruit, Westminster knew they had a tough task ahead of them. Although Watson was able to put up forty-five points, the Wildcats were able to weather the storm, holding the entire rest of the team to eighteen points. Meanwhile, Westminster’s scoring was more consistent and even throughout, led by Cliff DeGroot who hung 17, followed by Steve Webb with 16, and Dyllan Conway with 13. Levi Alldredge and Dominic Cusumano had big minutes off the bench in the contest. Cusumano had two big threes at clutch moments, while Alldredge came in and got an and-1 which turned the momentum in favor of the cats. Although the Warriors of Whitfield fought long and hard, they could not withstand the constant pressure of the Westminster Wildcats.

Heading into the Washington Tournament, Westminster landed the two seed, which many are suspicious of. St. Charles High got the one seed, but Westminster beat them by ten points in their contest. In the first round of the tournament, the Wildcats will take on Union High School, who is the seventh seed. Knowing that Westminster is the higher seed, that does not mean they will take preparation for the game lightly.