|Cats sneak from behind to overtake Eagles|
By Christy Sheets
On Tuesday night the Lady Cats hosted the Brady Eagles. The Wildcats were ready to show the Eagles what cats do to birds, but the Eagles weren’t ready to concede to the confident Cats. In the first quarter the Eagles outscored the Cats by three, 10 to 13.
The second quarter, the Cats weren’t ready to give the Eagles the advantage just yet. The Wildcats outscored the Eagles by two, and headed into the locker room trailing the Eagles by just one, 25 to 26.
After the half, the Cats were energized, and ready to take control of the game. Slowly, momentum began to build, and the Cats managed to outscore the Eagles by seven, giving the Lady Cats the lead at the end of the third quarter, 43 to 37.
The Cats were ready for the fourth quarter, and played tough, but the Eagles refused to go quietly into the night. The Eagles regained the lead at 51 to 53, but senior Tarassa Swedberg scored three to help rebuild the Cat momentum. The Cats won the game 62 to 54. Offensively, senior Katie West (3 free throws) led the Cats with 17 points followed by senior Tarassa Swedberg (3 free throws) with 13 points. Junior Katelynn Hild (6 free throws) scored 10 points, senior Josi Hasenauer (2 free throws) and junior Whitney Smith each scored 6 points, sophomore Brooke Hochstetler scored 4 points, junior Laura O’Brien (1 free throw) scored 3 points, senior Jena Aylward scored 2 points, and junior Shanice Harris scored 1 point (1 free throw). Leading the team with assists was Hild (5), Swedberg (3), O’Brien (3), J. Hasenauer (2), West (2), and Smith (2). Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (5), Aylward (3), Smith (2), Hochstetler (2), J. Hasenauer (1), and O’Brien (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 10 rebounds, 1 block, and 5 steals, followed by Aylward with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. Swedberg had 5 rebounds and 3 steals, Hild had 1 rebound, 1 block, and 6 steals, Hochstetler had 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal, Smith had 2 rebounds and 3 steals, Harris had 2 rebounds, J. Hasenauer had 1 rebound and 1 steal, and O’Brien had 1 steal.
Wallace vs. Hayes Center
Friday, the Wildcats played host to the Hayes Center Cardinals. Looking to regain their edge and always up for their rivals, the Cardinals, the Cats took the court with confidence and determination. In the first quarter they outscored the Cards 13 to 10.
The Lady Cats continued to play with energy. Both teams were unwilling to give the other any advantage, but in the end the Wildcats were able to outscore the Cardinals by six, strengthening their lead, 27 to 28.
After half, the Lady Cats were ready to maintain control against the Red Birds, but the Cardinals came out with something to prove. The Lady Cats played well, but the Cards outscored the Cats by three, and the third quarter ended 34 to 28 in favor of the Wildcats.
The Lady Cats continued to battle in the fourth quarter, and their lead allowed the coaches to give some of the younger players some key time on the courts. The Cardinals continued to battle, and the Cats struggled to get anything to fall. The Cardinals outscored the Cats by six, forcing a tie at 51 all.
In overtime the Cats seemed to regroup, and thanks to the senior leadership of Josi Hasenauer and Katie West the Cats regained their momentum, outscoring the Cardinals by seven. The Cats won in overtime, 60 to 53.
Offensively, West led the Cats with 26 points (made 14 of 15 free throws), followed by J. Hasenauer with 14 (4 free throws) points. Aylward (4 free throws) and O’Brien each had 8 points, and Hild had 4 points (2 free throws). Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (5), Aylward (4), J. Hasenauer (1), Smith (1), O’Brien (1) and Hild (1). Leading the team with assists were J. Hasenauer (3), Aylward (3), O’Brien (3), Hild (3), Swedberg (2), and West (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 9 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals, followed closely by Aylward with 9 rebounds and 2 steals. O’Brien had 5 rebounds and 2 steals, Hochstetler had 2 rebounds and 1 block, J. Hasenauer had 2 rebounds and 1 steal, Harris had 2 rebounds, Hild had 1 rebound and 2 steals, and Swedberg and Smith each had 1 rebound and 1 steal.
The Lady Cats will travel to Stapleton on Thursday, Feb.11, with junior varsity starting at 4:30.
The Wildcats will then travel to Hitchcock County on Friday, Feb. 12, with junior varsity starting at 4 p.m.