Wildcats Shot Down By Buffalo

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
The Warsaw Wildcats jumped out to an early 10-0 lead to start the game, but surrendered that lead later in the quarter and then failed to regain that same pace down the stretch as they dropped their Ozark Highlands Conference opener on the road at Buffalo on Friday night, 66-46.
The Bison led 15-13 at the end of the first and then extended that lead to 27-24 at the break. 
Trey Palmer kept the Wildcats in the game in the first half with 12 of his 16 points but was countered in the second half with defensive adjustments made by Buffalo.  Brady Slavens, in his first game of the year after being sidelined from a football injury to start the season, began to find his rhythm in the second half when he dropped 9 of his 12 points. 
Timely buckets and what seemed like a barrage of three point shots for Buffalo in the second half gave them a 47-36 lead after the third and then, eventually, the 66-46 win. 
Turnovers continue to plague coach Scott Floyd’s squad as they committed 14 in the contest.  However, the Wildcats defense also continues to improve as they forced 13 by the Bison.  The Wildcats also finished just 7 of 16 from the charity stripe, another aspect of the game that will have to improve to hopefully steal a few close games throughout the season. 
The loss pushed the Wildcats to just 1-4 in the early part of the season and 0-1 in the Ozark Highlands Conference.
Warsaw was scheduled to travel to Eldorado Springs on Monday, but that contest was cancelled due to weather.  They were also scheduled to play at Lincoln on Tuesday but that evet was canceled as well. They will  host the Marksmen of Sherwood in another conference matchup on Friday night.
WARSAW (46): Z. Chapman, 8; T. Palmer, 16; G. Chapman, 0; B. Slavens, 12; M. Couzens, 0; S. Winters, 0; J. Kellner, 2; C. Taylor, 0; G. Montez, 0; A. Brazel, 0; T. Reynolds, 4; L. Bates, 4.
BUFFALO (66): B. Schwanke, 0; E. Potter, 5; C. Portis, 2; E. Casteel, 0; B. Abraham, 7; J. Smith, 27; D. Miller, 6; G. Glor, 0; C. Henderson, 14; J. Horinek, 0; C. Smith, 4.