|Lady Cats victorious heading into vacation|
By Christy Sheets
On Thursday night, Dec. 16 the Lady Cats traveled to face the Sutherland Sailors. Both teams were ready to play, it proved to be a battle of the defenses, neither team letting the other gain any momentum.
At the end of the first quarter the Wildcats led by just two.
The second quarter saw the Sailors with a renewed ambition, but the Lady Cats hung tough. The Lady Cats outscored the Sailors by just one point, and they headed into the locker room with the lead, 22 to 19.
The Cats started the second half energized, and ready to play. The defense played tough, and the shots were falling. The Wildcats were able to gain six more points than their opponents, lengthening the lead to 40 to 31.
The Cats were ready for the fourth quarter, but the Sailors were not ready to go quietly into the night. Both teams played a hard fourth quarter, but in the end the Sailors could just never get the momentum they needed, and the Wildcats were victorious.
As the buzzer sounded at the end of the forth quarter the Cats won 56 to 44.
Offensively, senior Makayla Gardner (two free throws) led the Cats with 16 points, followed by seniors Katelynn Hild (10 free throws) and Shanice Harris (four free throws) each with 10 points. Junior Brooke Hochstetler had eight points, senior Laura O’Brien had six points (four free throws), senior Whitney Smith had four points, and junior Emily Hasenauer two points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Gardner (eight), Smith (two), Harris (one), Hochstetler (one), Hasenauer (one), and O’Brien (one).
Leading the team with assists were Hild (four), Gardner (three), O’Brien (three), Hasenauer (one), Smith (one), Harris (one), and Hochstetler (one).
Defensively, Hochstetler led the Cats with six rebounds and two steals followed closely by Gardner with six rebounds and one steal, and Harris with five rebounds and two steals. O’Brien and Smith each had three rebounds and three steals, Hild had one rebound, one block, and four steals, and Hasenauer had one rebound.
When school resumes after vacation, the Lady Cats will have a very hectic schedule their first week back.
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, they will host Medicine Valley. On Friday, Jan. 7, the Wildcats will travel to Arthur County. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Lady Cats will host Mullen.