H-P Sports Writer

BETHEL — Home was not too sweet to the Cayuga Wildcats Friday.

Cayuga fell 55-41 Friday to Quinlan Boles at Wildcat Gymnasium marking the first time this season the Wildcats have lost at home.

Cayuga (12-10) struggled with shooting and turnovers throughout the game. The Wildcats shot 24 percent from the floor, connecting on 9-of-38 field goal attempts and had 21 turnovers.

“That was a tough day at the office,” Cayuga head coach Greg Jenkins said. “We have kind of gone lumber with our offense and this is the fifth game in a row we have had an excess of 20 turnovers.”

The Wildcats were 20 percent from the floor in the first half and made 3-of-15 field goal attempts, but was 50 percent from both the free throw line and three-point line.

Cayuga had 17 turnovers in the first half as Quinlan Boles (8-10) took a 32-20 lead into the locker room.

“If you don’t protect the ball it gives the other team an easier time making quick baskets on the transition,” Jenkins said. “We didn’t do a very good job of protecting the basketball.”

Cayuga opened the second half with a 8-2 run and cut the Hornets’ lead to six at the end of the third quarter.

Trey Shead hit a three pointer with 5:32 left in the game to bring the Wildcats within three, but Quinlan Boles scored seven unanswered points in three minutes to put the game out of reach.

“The kids fought back and played hard,” Jenkins said, “but, when you turn the ball over and not shoot the ball well you aren’t going to win.”

Shead led the Wildcats with 11 points and nine rebounds and had two steals while Forrest Prophette scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and two steals.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Hornets 27-24, but Quinlan Boles shot 56 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the free throw line, making 10-of-14 free throws.

Quinlan Boles’ Chris Amwine put down a game-high 23 points while Aaron Cleveland scored 17 in the win.

“We have three games left to get this thing back on track before we get into district,” Jenkins said. “It’s up to me to get these kids ready to play.

“We don’t have any excuses and need to get back to work because it doesn’t get any easier.”

Cayuga will host Latexo Tuesday with the junior varsity game scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m.

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