By JUSTIN RAINS
In the end, it wasn’t the mistakes made on the offensive or defensive ends of the floor that did Hubbard in here Friday against Cayuga.
It was the trash-talk before the game began.
Spurred on by the Jaguars’ chatter before tip-off, the sixth-ranked Wildcats scored the game’s first 15 points and never looked back in a 117-51 rout of the visiting Jaguars.
The game was testy from the beginning, with each team earning technical fouls during a dust-up in the second quarter that saw players from each side having to be separated from one another.
The Wildcats made sure the game was never close.
Before Hubbard ever took a shot, Cayuga led 9-0. More specifically, Chandler Rigdon led 9-0.
The sophomore took Cayuga’s first three shots, all three-pointers, and made them all without touching any rim to put the Wildcats up early.
He went on to finish with a game-high 31 points, while Preston Anderson finished with 30 and nine rebounds.
Rigdon hit seven threes in the game, while Anderson hit five for the sharp-shooting Wildcats, who were especially hot from outside Friday.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 55 percent from behind the arc, and Rigdon missed only one of the eight threes he attempted.
Deon Shofner had 27 points — including two dunks in traffic over Hubbard defenders — and nine rebounds. The big senior post was an efficient 10-of-12 (83 percent) from the field and 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the free throw line.
Wesley Rigdon finished with 12 points for Cayuga, and even Don Holly got into the scoring action, submitting his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
Cayuga (15-6, 1-0) resumes district play Tuesday, when rival Cross Roads comes to Cayuga High School. Games being at 4 p.m.
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