|A rough week for the Lady Cats|
By Christy Sheets
Thursday, Feb. 11, the Wallace Wildcats traveled to Stapleton to face the SMC Cyclones. In the first quarter it was clear that the ladies came to play matching the Cyclones shot for shot. The first quarter ended with the Lady Cats trailing by just one, 16 to 17.
The second quarter was an entirely different story for the Cats, as missed shots and missed opportunities meant the Cyclones would outscore the Wildcats by 14. As the buzzer sounded at the half, the Wildcats trailed the Cyclones 22 to 37.
The Lady Cats started the second half ready for redemption. After some inspiring words from Coach Koop, the Wildcats took control of the court, outscoring the Cyclones by six, and cutting their lead to nine. The third quarter ended 32 to 41.
In the fourth quarter, the Cats continued to battle, but the Cyclones refused to lose on their home court. The Cats matched them shot for shot, but in the end time just ran out. Wallace lost the game 45-53.
Offensively, senior Katie West led the Cats with 24 points (2 free throws). Senior Josi Hasenauer (2 field goals and 1 free throw) had 7 points, senior Jena Aylward (1 free throw) had 5 points, junior Laura O’Brien had 4 points, junior Katelynn Hild (1 field goal) had 3 points, and junior Shanice “Bob” Harris had 2 points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (8), Aylward (4), J. Hasenauer (2), and O’Brien (2).
Leading the team with assists were O’Brien (5), Aylward (4), Hild (3), J. Hasenauer (2), senior Annika Wickizer (1), senior Tarassa Swedberg (1), and West (1).
Defensively, Aylward led the Cats with 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal, followed closely by West with 6 rebounds and 1 block. J. Hasenauer had 2 rebounds and 3 steals, O’Brien had 1 rebound and 2 steals, Hild had 1 block and 1 steal, Harris had 1 rebound, and Swedberg had 1 steal.
Wallace vs.Hitchcock County
On Friday, Feb. 12, the Wildcats traveled to play Hitchcock County. The Lady Cats were ready to play, hoping to make up for the loss they suffered the night before. The Cats fought off the press, and passed the ball with speed and agility.
Unfortunately, the Cats struggled to get the rebounds they needed, and at the end of the first quarter the score was 14 to 17.
The Lady Cats played the second quarter much the same way as the first. They tried to gain momentum, but Hitchcock matched them shot for shot. The Cats headed to the locker rooms trailing the Tigers, 30-36.
After half, the Cats seemed unwilling to give up. They played hard, and outscored Hitchcock by three, cutting their lead to just three. The third quarter ended 45 to 48.
In the fourth quarter the Cats tried hard to pull ahead, making the shots when they needed them. Unfortunately, they were forced to foul to regain possession, and the Tigers made the shots they needed to maintain their lead.
The Lady Cats lost the well-fought fight, 54 to 66.
Offensively, West led the Cats with 17 points (3 free throws), followed by Hild (1 field goal and 3 free throws) with 10 points. Aylward and O’Brien each had (2 free throws) 8 points, J. Hasenauer had (1 field goal) 7 points, and Harris had 4 points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (7), O’Brien (4), Aylward (3), Harris (2), and J. Hasenauer (1).
Leading the team with assists were O’Brien (5), Aylward (5), West (3), Hild (2), and J. Hasenauer (2).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 7 rebounds, followed closely by Alyward with 5 rebounds and 2 steals, and O’Brien with 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Hild had 1 rebound, 1 block, and 3 steals, J. Hasenauer had 1 rebound and 3 steals, and Harris had 1 rebound and 1 steal.
The Lady Cats began their bid for state on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Grant, facing the Paxton Tigers. Results will appear in next week’s issue.