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The week of weeks

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Cashion boys begin brutal stretch with win at Crescent; Lady Tigers notch ‘W’

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    CASHION'S JONAH Jenkins surveys the court as coach John Hardaway barks out orders in the background during the team’s homecoming win over Watonga last week. [Photo by Brad Stone/]

The week of all weeks had quite the start Monday for the Cashion boys basketball team.

In the first of three consecutive days of games - and four in five days - the Wildcats knocked off Highway 74 rival Crescent 80-32 on the road.

The game wasn’t a four-quarter blowout.

Cashion led just 34-28 at halftime, but only gave up four points in the second half.

That included a 34-2 run in the third quarter.

“Our half-court trap finally started getting to them,” Cashion coach John Hardaway said. “Then our guys just started feeding off of that.”

Cashion improved to 18-1 overall and 5-0 in the Three Rivers Conference.

The Wildcats’ final two conference games were at home Tuesday with Okarche and at Hennessey on Wednesday (both after press time).

Those contests will determine who claims the conference’s regular-season crown.

Crescent could have thrown a wrench in all of that for Cashion and did for much of the first half.

The Tigers kept pace for the first 16 minutes.

“It’s what we expect from them,” Hardaway said. “No matter their record, we know they’re going to play us tough.”

But the Tigers couldn’t contain Jacob Woody for any part of the contest.

The senior forward posted 32 points to lead all scorers.

The Wildcats also got 11 points from Alex Nabavi and 10 from T.J. Roberts.

Crescent was led by Trent Fisher’s 12 points as the Tigers dropped to 6-16 and 0-7.

Cashion got its fourth conference win last Friday when it defeated Watonga 81-59 for homecoming.

This time, Cashion got out to a blazing start as it jumped on the Eagles 29-11 in the first quarter.

Watonga never fully recovered.

Jonah Jenkins bombed Watonga with 25 points and nine assists. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Woody added 22 points while Vance Raney scored 12.

On top of the conference games, Cashion also travels to 3A No. 5 Crossings Christian on Friday.

It caps its regular season next Monday by hosting Dale, ranked No. 3 in 2A.

Crescent knocks off Cashion girls, 49-40

There’s the potential for a logjam at the top of the Three Rivers Conference standings for girls.

Crescent and Cashion added to it Monday night.

The Lady Tigers knocked off Cashion 49-40 to improve to 14-7 overall and end its conference season at 5-2.

Cashion, meanwhile, dropped to 12-7 and 3-2.

The Lady Wildcats hosted Okarche on Tuesday (after press time) and traveled to Hennessey on Wednesday for its final two conference games.

A two-game sweep there would give Cashion, Okarche and Crescent matching records in conference games.

A win by Okarche Tuesday would give the Lady Warriors the title outright.

Crescent completed its recent surge by overcoming an early seven-point deficit.

Cashion got on top early, but saw the Lady Tigers cut it to a three-point game at halftime.

Crescent then opened the second half with a 16-4 run, one that Cashion couldn’t overcome.

Elizabeth Battelo had 20 points for Crescent to lead all scorers.

Cashion was led by Lauren Lamb’s 12 points. Brook Shelly added 11.

In Cashion’s 43-32 homecoming win against Watonga last Friday, senior Kaitin Taylor led the way with 13 points.