|Intensity builds as Lady Cats face week two of competition|
By Christy Sheets
On Friday night the Cats hosted the Maxwell Wildcats. The Lady Cats were primed and ready for the epic battle of the Wildcats. The first quarter ended with Wallace trailing by three, 11 to 14.
The second quarter, Maxwell strengthened their lead, out scoring Wallace by four. Maxwell led by seven as the teams headed into the locker room at the half, 21 to 28.
During the half, the Cats seemed to get a real boost from their coaches. They started the second half energized, and ready to win. The energy enabled the Wallace Wildcats to cut Maxwell’s lead to just one point, outscoring them by six. The third quarter ended 35 to 36.
The Cats were ready for the fourth quarter, but Maxwell wasn’t ready to relinquish the lead. Wallace did manage to pull ahead, but a miss-handled play, and a Maxwell shot nearly at buzzer, gave the Wallace Lady Cats their first loss of the season, 49 to 51
Offensively, senior Katie West (8 free throws and 1 field goal) led the Cats with 31 points. Senior Jena Aylward and junior Katelynn Hild (3 free throws and 1 field goal) each scored 6 points, senior Josi Hasenauer scored 4 points, and junior Laura O’Brien scored 2 points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (10), Aylward (5), O’Brien (3), and Swedberg (1).
Leading the team with assists were J. Hasenauer (1), and Aylward (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals, followed closely by Aylward with 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals. Hild had 1 rebound, 1 block, and 2 steals, Swedberg had 1 rebound and 2 steals, O’Brien had 1 rebound, 1 block, and 1 steal, J. Hasenauer had 2 rebounds, and junior Shanice Harris and sophomore Brooke Hochstetler each had 1 rebound.
Wallace vs. Arnold
Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats traveled to face the Arnold Cardinals. The Lady Cats struck first, and then totally dominated the first quarter. The Cats sent the Cardinals reeling as they outscored them 28 to 2 in the first quarter.
The Cardinals started the second quarter with a bit more energy. The Lady Cats still outscored them, but this time only by three points. The Lady Cats headed into the locker room at the half ahead 42 to 13.
After half, the Lady Cats were ready, and once again the Cardinals seemed sluggish, allowing the Lady Cats to strengthen their lead by 11. The third quarter ended 58 to 18.
The Lady Cats continued to build momentum in the fourth quarter, and coach Koop sat down her starters, allowing the crowd to show their appreciation. The Wildcats won 70 to 30.
Offensively, West led the Cats with 17 points (3 free throws) followed by Hild with 10 (2 field goals). Hochstetler and freshman Anna Griffiths (2 free throws) each had 6 points, Aylward (1 free throw) scored 5 points, senior Arlana Whitson, J. Hasenauer, O’Brien, Harris, and junior Whitney Smith each had 4 points, and Swedberg, senior Annika Wickizer, and sophomore Kelsey Hubbard each had 2 points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (3), Aylward (3), Harris (3), Swedberg (2), Smith (2), Hochstetler (2), J. Hasenauer (1), Wickizer (1), and Hubbard.
Leading the team with assists were West (3), O’Brien (2), J. Hasenauer (2), Hild (2), Wickizer (1), Aylward (1), Swedberg (1), Whitson (1), and Harris (1).
Defensively, Harris led the Cats with 6 rebounds and 1 steal, West followed closely with 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals, and Hochstetler had 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Aylward had 2 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals, Griffiths had 1 rebound and 3 steals, O’Brien, Smith, and J. Hasenauer each had 1 rebound and 2 steals, Hild had 3 steals, sophomore Emily Hasenauer had 1 rebound and 1 steal, Swedberg and Whitson each had 1 rebound, and Wickizer and Hubbard each had 1 steal.
The Lady Cats will host Sutherland on Thursday, Dec. 17, with varsity starting at 5:30 p.m., and junior varsity at 7:30 p.m. The girls and boys are playing simultaneously.