By Christy Sheets
Thursday, Feb. 10, the Wallace Wildcats hosted the SMC Cyclones. In the first quarter it was clear that the Ladies came to play, matching the Cyclones two shots for every one. The first quarter ended with the Lady Cats leading, 20-10.
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 two. As the buzzer sounded at the half, the Wildcats headed into the locker room leading 32-24.
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 14, and extending their lead to 22. The third quarter ended 56-34.
In the fourth quarter, the Cats continued to battle, but the Cyclones refused to go quietly into the night. The Cyclones outscored the Cats reserves by six. The Cats won the game 62-46.
Offensively, senior Katelynn Hild led the Cats with 14 points (two field goals and two free throws), followed closely by senior MaKayla Gardner (one field goal, one free throw) and junior Brooke Hochstetler each with 12 points. Seniors Shanice Harris (one free throw) and Laura O’Brien each had 10 points, and senior Whitney Smith and junior Emily Hasenauer each had two points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Gardner (three), Hild (three), Hochstetler (two), Smith (one), and Hasenauer (one). Leading the team with assists were O’Brien (seven), Hild (five), Gardner (four), Hasenauer (two), Harris (two), and Smith (two).
Defensively, Harris led the Cats with seven rebounds, one block and two steals, followed by Hochstetler with six rebounds, one steal, and one block. Gardner had four rebounds and one steal, O’Brien had two rebounds and three steals, Smith had three rebounds and one steal, Hasenauer had three rebounds, Hild had three steals, Sowle had two rebounds and one steal, and junior Danica Messersmith and freshman Sara Hubbard each had one rebound.
Wallace vs Hitchcock Co.
On Friday, Feb. 11, the Wildcats played host to Hitchcock County. The Lady Cats were ready to play. They fought off the press, and passed the ball with speed and agility. Unfortunately, they struggled to get the rebounds they needed, and at the end of the first quarter the score was 12 to 19.
The Lady Cats played the second quarter much the same way as the first. They did gain some momentum, and managed to outscore Hitchcock County by five. The Cats headed to the locker rooms trailing by just two, 30-32.
After half, the Cats seemed unwilling to give up. They played hard, but Hitchcock County rose to occasion, outscoring the Cats by five, increasing their lead.
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 Hitchcock made the shots they needed to maintain their lead. The Lady Cats lost the well-fought fight, 56-67.
Offensively, Harris led the Cats with 23 points (three free throws), followed by Gardner (five free throws) with 15 points. Hild had two field goals and one free throw, Hochstetler had six points, and O’Brien had five points (one free throw).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Gardner (three), Hochstetler (three), Harris (two), and Hild (one). Leading the team with assists were O’Brien (nine), Hild (four), Gardner (three), Smith (three), Harris (one), and Hasenauer (one).
Defensively, Gardner led the Cats with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals, followed by Harris with five rebounds and one steal. O’Brien had three rebounds and two steals, Hild had two rebounds and three steals, Hochstetler had four rebounds, and Smith had one rebound.
The Lady Cats began their bid for state on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Imperial. They faced the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos.