BY JIM McINTOSH ALTHA, DECEMBER 1— The Altha Junior Varsity Wildcats trailed the Malone Tigers 16-13 at halftime in last Tuesday’s regular basketball season opener. However, the Tigers defense proved to be too much for the Wildcats in the second half and the Tigers walked away with a 38-18 win.Caleb Chew led Altha with 8 points and 3 steals. Corey Barton, Jae Fielder, Jeremy O’Bryan, Jeffery Waldroff and Ryan Wood all contributed a 2-point field goal apiece. Also, Wood cleared 4 rebounds and blocked a Tiger’s shot. The varsity Wildcats also ended up on the wrong end of a 66-40 score in their season and district opener.Tyler Hamilton was the leading scorer for Altha with 16 points as well as 7 rebounds. He and Josh Warner had 2 rebounds. Will Rogers sank 12 points (including 4 3-pointers), led his team with 6 assists and he had a steal. Warner added 4 points, snagged 4 rebounds, picked up 2 steals, blocked a shot and was credited with an assist. Ethan Ellis, Brett Floyd, Carl Montecon and Terry Wyllie each added a 2-point field goal. Ellis had 3 rebounds and an assist. Floyd blocked a shot attempt and Wyllie picked up an assist. MT. PLEASANT, DECEMBER 3— Trailing the Munroe Bobcats 23-20 in the last few seconds, Altha’s Kent Rogers launched 3 3-pointers trying to tie the junior varsity game and send it to overtime but he missed on all 3 attempts. Ryan Wood rebounded Rogers’ last shot and with time running out put back up a 2-point field goal to pull the Wildcats (0-2) to within a point, 23-22.Wood was the offensive leader with 11 points (including his first from beyond the arc). Both he and Jeremy O’Bryan cleared 4 rebounds. Also, O’Bryan had a steal and he blocked a shot attempt. Caleb Chew scored 9 points and was credited with an assist. Jeffery Waldroff chipped in a 2-point field goal and he pulled down a rebound. Jae Fielder had 2 rebounds and a steal. Tyler McClellan snared 2 rebounds, had 2 steals and he picked up an assist.Where there’s a Will, there was almost a way last Thursday night.Will Rogers put his team on his back and almost single-handedly led the Wildcats (0-2; 0-2, Class 1A-District 2) from a come-from-behind win over the Munroe Bobcats.Trailing 12 points with just over 3 minutes to go Rogers sank three 3-pointers to give Altha a chance for their first win, but Munroe (1-2; 0-1, Class 1A, District 2) sank their last 5 free throws to secure a 46-41 win.Munroe held a 10-4 first quarter lead and they extended it to 24-17 at the break. At the end of the third stanza the Bobcats were still leading 31-20 before the Wildcats went on their 21-15 point run.Rogers scored a career-high 30 points (including 8-of-16 from 3-point land). Also, he had two steals and an assist. Both Tyler Hamilton and Jacob Warner scored 4 points apiece. Hamilton came away with a season-high 10 rebounds and he picked up 2 assists. Warner was credited with 3 rebounds, 2 blocked shot attempts, a steal and a 2 assists. Ethan Ellis chipped in a 2-point field goal, cleared 2 rebounds and he had an assist. Carl Montecon sank a free throw, pulled down 2 rebounds, and he was credited with 2 steals and an assist.The Wildcats were back in action this past Monday and Tuesday against John Paul II and FAMU High (check out next week’s issue for game details). Tomorrow (Thursday) the Wewahitchka Gators come crawling into “THE DEN” for a 6 pm (CT) Junior Varsity game followed by the Varsity match at 7:30 pm (CT). Next Tuesday the Wildcats will travel to Poplar Springs with the junior varsity action beginning at 5:00 pm (CT) and the varsity action is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm (CT).GO WILDCATS!!!