Wildcats ready for home opener

“Please come home for Christmas” has taken on a new meaning for fans of the Abbeville Wildcats.

The Wildcats have not played a home game since, well, last season. The first 13 games of the Wildcats’ 2008-09 campaign have taken place on the road, mostly as part of tournaments. That will change tonight as the Wildcats take the floor most welcoming to the soles of their shoes to play host to Washington-Marion.

“It will be big to have a home crowd behind us,” said Abbeville head coach Berwick Hamilton. “Hopefully we respond to it by playing well.”

Tonight’s game marks the second between Abbeville and Washington-Marion. The Chargin’ Indian defeated the Wildcats (8-5) 62-48 on Dec. 4 in Lake Charles. Hamilton said he wanted to use this game as a measuring stick to see how his team has grown.

“I wanted to do that,” said Hamilton. “But after the Kaplan loss, I want to see what we are made of.”

The Wildcats fell 63-56 last Thursday to Kaplan in the finals of the Vermilion Parish tournament. Hamilton said he felt his team came out flat and got “outplayed.”

“We are facing a very formidable opponent in Washington-Marion,” said Hamilton. “They beat Peabody by 20 points so that tells you how good they are.”

Hamilton said he knows he has a good team. One thing he wants from that team is for it to reach its potential.

“We need to be more consistent,” said Hamilton. “We need to play up to the level we are capable of playing.”

The home crowd could spark the Wildcats.

“I met with the players,” said Hamilton, “and they are excited about being home.”

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