|Lady Cats suffer first loss their first week back|
By Christy Sheets
The day after Christmas vacation, the Wallace Wildcats hosted Medicine Valley.
In the first quarter, the Lady Cats took a commanding lead early. Medicine Valley struggled to put points on the board and the quarter ended 23 to five.
In the second quarter the Cats continued to claw their way through the half, and headed into the locker room with an imposing lead, 37 to 10.
After half, Med. Valley seemed to rally, but the Cats were determined to maintain their lead 52 to 22 after three.
Building on momentum in the fourth, Med. Valley outscored the Cats by five, but the Lady Cats won the game, 59 to 34.
Offensively, senior MaKayla Gardner led the Cats with 10 points followed by senior Shanice Harris and junior Kelsey Hubbard each with eight points. Senior Laura O’Brien and junior Brooke Hochstetler each scored six points, senior Katelynn Hild (one field goal) scored five points, senior Whitney Smith, junior Danica Messersmith, and sophomore Chelsea Sowle each scored four points, junior Emily Hasenauer (one free throw) scored three points, and sophomore Anna Griffiths scored (one free throw) one point.
Leading the team with assists were Hild (five), O’Brien (four), Hasenauer (two), Smith (two), Harris (two), and Hubbard (one).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Gardner (three), Hochstetler (three), O’Brien (two), Hasenauer (two), Sowle (two), Harris (two), Smith (two), Messersmith (two), and Griffiths (one).
Defensively, Hochstetler led the Cats with four rebounds, two blocks, and one steal, followed by Gardner with four rebounds, and one steal. Messersmith had four rebounds, Smith had one rebound and three steals, O’Brien had two rebounds and one steal, Harris had two rebounds, Hild had two steals, junior Lexi Banks had one rebound, and Sowle had one steal.
Wallace vs. Arthur Co.
Friday night, the Wildcats traveled to Arthur to play Arthur County. Their determination, speed, and agility appeared to be too much for Arthur. The Lady Cats took the early lead, 21 to eight.
The Lady Cats continued to dominate, which prompted Coach Koop to bench all five starters, and let her second string take the court.
Arthur County battled back but the Lady Cats were just too tough. As the buzzer sounded the Lady Cats headed into the locker room ahead, 39 to 16.
The third quarter saw new momentum build in the Lady Cats. The first and second string worked hard to strengthen their lead. Third quarter ended 50 to 23.
In the forth quarter, it was Arthur County’s turn to rally. They hung with the Cats, but the Cats had built an insurmountable lead. The Cats won, 58 to 28.
Offensively, Hils led the Cats with 12 points (two field goals) followed by Harris with 10 points, and Gardner (one free throw) with nine points. Hasenauer made six points, O’Brien made five points (one free throw), Smith and Messersmith each made four points, Hochstetler and Sowle each made (one free throw) three points, and Hubbared made two points.
Leading the team with assists were O’Brien (three), Hild (three), Gardner (two), Hasenauer (two), Smith (two), Harris (one), and Sowle (one).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Hochstetler (eight), Harris (five), Gardner (two), Banks (two), O’Brien (one), Smith (one), and sophomore Gini Phillips (one).
Defensively, Gardner led the Cats with three rebounds, three blocks, and four steals, followed by Harris with three rebounds, five steals, and one block, Hild with one block, and eight steals, Hochstetler with three rebounds, one block, and three steals, and Sowle with two rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
Banks made five rebounds and one block, Hasenauer made one rebound, and five steals, Smith made two rebounds, one block, and three steals, O’Brien made four steals, Griffiths and Hubbard each made three steals, Messersmith made one rebound and two steals, and freshman Alexandria Lundvall had two steals.
Wallace vs. Mullen
Saturday night, the Wildcats hosted Mullen. The Cats fought hard in the first quarter, trailing by just two points, 13 to 15. In the second quarter the Cats were able to battle back, outscoring Mullen by four, to take the lead into the locker room 27 to 25.
The second half was more of a struggle. The Broncos’ press in the second half of the game seemed to deflate the Lady Cats; every point was a struggle. At the end of the third the score was 33 to 46.
The Wildcats rallied in the fourth, but the Broncos were just unwilling to relinquish the lead. The Broncos won the game 48 to 62.
Offensively, Hochstetler led the Cats with 12 points (two free throws), followed by Gardner with 10. Hild (two free throws) and Harris each scored eight points, Smith scored seven points (five free throws), Griffiths made two points, and Hasenauer made one free throw for one point.
Leading the team with assists were Gardner (six), O’Brien (two), Smith (two), Hild (two), and Hochstetler (two).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Hochstetler (eight), Harris (four), O’Brien (two), Smith (two), Sowle (two), and Hasenauer (one).
Defensively, Gardner led the Cats with nine rebounds, one steal, and two blocks, followed closely by Hochstetler with six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Smith had two rebounds, one block, and three steals, O’Brien had one rebound, and five steals, Harris had four rebounds, Hasenauer had two rebounds, and Hild had two steals.
The Cats will travel to South Platte on Thursday, Jan. 13, (tonight) with JV starting at 4:30, and then will host Paxton on Friday, Jan. 14, with JV starting at 4 p.m.