PERU, Neb. – Peru State senior guard Nolan Cass hit a shot as the clock expired on Wednesday and the Bobcats improved to 10-7 this season with a 76-74 win over Graceland at Lamoni, Iowa.
The ‘Cats turn their attention to another Heart of America Athletic Conference foe, Mount Mercy, on Saturday. The Mustangs are currently 9-7 this winter. The Peru State Foundation is hosting a basketball alumni event during both the womens and mens games. All former Bobcat players, coaches and boosters are invited to attend.
One thing you’ll want to watch for on Saturday is the senior duo of Quantice Hunter and LJ Westbrook. Hunter is averaging 36.2 points this year, while Westbrook contributes 30.6.
According to first-year head coach Bob Ludwig, both seniors have been an awesome contribution to the team.
“It’s been really good. Those guys do a great job of getting us going offensively, as much as they both can score it. They’re unselfish guys. They’ll hit the open man. They’ll run next to anything we ask them to and have both been really good for us in terms of running the high tempo offense.”
Familiar face back on the Bobcats sideline
Joan Albury has taken over the reins once again for the Peru State women’s basketball team. She coached the Bobcats two seasons ago.
Albury is hoping to install the confidence back in the ‘Cats and has seen a little bit of that in the last couple of games.
“I’ve watched them, I’ve kind of been around the school, watched them on the internet and watched the few games. The athletic department is a lot of the same people that I have worked with before. I know the protocol and all the paper work to do. I kind of feel like I’m sliding back in to where I have left off.”
Even though she hasn’t coached any of the girls on the current squad, it hasn’t stopped Albury from feeling like she’s back home and establishing a close relationship with her players.
Peru State hosts Mount Mercy in a doubleheader Saturday at the Al Wheeler Activities Center on the campus of Peru State College. The women play at noon, followed by the men around 2p.m. Both games will be carried on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com)
Mount Mercy at Peru State
When: Women: 12 p.m. / Men: 2 p.m.
Where: Al Wheeler Activities Center, Peru
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com