Wagoner 51, Hilldale 47
It was another frustrating night for the Hornets, who have had several close games slip away this season.
The Hornets, behind the 3-point shooting of Bill Muse Jr, led by as many as eight in the first half and still owned a 35-34 lead after three quarters.
But the Bulldogs (8-11) took advantage of icy shooting by the Hornets (2-of-10 in the fourth quarter) and four turnovers to score eight unanswered points out of the gate in the fourth quarter and grab a seven-point lead 42-35 half way through the quarter.
The Hornets managed to cut the deficit to just three points on a couple of occasions, the last at 46-43 with 1:31 to play. But Byron Adams hit a pair of clutch free throws with 36 seconds to go to give the Bulldogs a six-point advantage at 50-44 and they survived another trey by Muse to get the win. Wagoner has beaten Hilldale twice in their three games.
Muse paced the Hornets (5-12) with 18 points, including five from beyond the arc and Jordan Proctor added 10 Hilldale. Wagoner was led by senior guard Decarius Clark with 15 points while Adams chipped in 13.
“We’ve gotten a lot better since the semester break,” Wagoner Coach Jason Giddens said. “We had some injuries early and the kids are starting to learn their roles and I think we’re improving.”
The Hornets will host Vinita on Friday while the Bulldogs entertain Jay.