|Lady Cats fourth at RPAC|
By Christy Sheets
On Monday, the Lady Cats traveled to Paxton to face Maywood in round two of the RPAC tournament. The Ladies started the match a bit slow, struggling to maintain possession of the ball. Wallace did, however, manage to outscore the Tigers by one, to close the quarter fifteen to fourteen.
The Lady Cats frustration seemed to build in the second quarter, as the much-improved Tiger team outscored the Cats by three. The Wildcats headed into the locker room trailing the Tigers by two, twenty-three to twenty-five.
The Lady Cats started the second half energized, and ready to play, but the Tigers were not going to let the Cats dominate them this quarter. The momentum once again shifted in the Tigers favor, as the Cats struggled to make the shots they needed. The third quarter ended thirty-six to forty-four.
After some well-chosen words from their coaches and a short rest on the bench, the Wildcats returned to the court ready to dominate a team that they had already beaten once this season. The Cats outscored the Tigers by eight in the fourth quarter, which meant, as the buzzer sounded to signal the end of regulation play, that the teams were tied at fifty-five.
In overtime, neither team refused to go quietly into the night. When one team would score the other team would answer right back. Luckily, for the Wildcats, their team made the final shot before the buzzer. The Lady Cats claimed a tough victory against a tough Tiger team, sixty-one to fifty-nine.
Offensively, senior Katie West (3 free throws) led the Cats with 27 points followed by junior Haley Hubbard (3 from the field) with 13 points, and junior Katelynn Hild (2 field goals) with 10 points. Senior Josi Hasenauer and junior Laura O’Brien each made 4 points, and senior Jena Aylward made 3 points (1 free throw). Leading the team with assists was West (5), senior Tarassa Swedberg (2), J. Hasenauer (2), Hild (2), and O’Brien (2). Leading the team with offensive rebounds were O’Brien (8), Aylward (6), West (4), J. Hasenauer (3), and Harris (2).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 15 rebounds and 2 steals, followed by Aylward with 8 rebounds and 4 steals. O’Brien had 3 rebounds and 6 steals, Hild had 1 rebound and 3 steals, J. Hasenauer had 1 rebound and 2 steals, and Harris had 2 rebounds.
Wallace vs Hitchcock County
On Thursday night the Lady Cats traveled to Wauneta to play Hitchcock County in round three of the RPAC tournament. The Ladies started the match slowly, struggling to break the press and maintain possession of the ball. Hitchcock County outscored the Cats by five, five to ten.
After a few words from the coaches, the Wildcats returned to the court driven to take the lead. The Wildcats worked hard, but Hitchcock wasn’t about to let up. The Lady Cats matched Hitchcock County point for point, and headed into the locker room, eighteen to twenty-three.
The Lady Cats started the second a bit tired looking. The guards struggled against a tough Hitchcock press, and frustration replaced the determination of the second quarter. Hitchcock outscored the Cats by seven, sending the Cats to the bench trailing twenty-seven to thirty-nine.
The Lady Cats retook the court with determination. Confident that they could improve their play, the Cats built on their momentum. Unfortunately for the Lady Cats, they rallied just a little too late. The Cats lost the game forty-five to fifty-four.
Offensively, West (7 free throws) led the Cats with 11 points followed closely by Aylward (3 free throws) and Hild (1 field goal) each with 9 points. Harris made 5 points (1 free throw), senior Annika Wickizer ( 1 field goal) and Swedberg (1 free throw) each made 3 points, O’Brien and sophomore Brooke Hochstetler each made 2 points, and junior Whitney Smith (1 free throw) made 1 point. Leading the team with assists was Hild (4), Swedberg (2), West (2), Aylward (2), and O’Brien (1). Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Aylward (7), West (6), Swedberg (1), Harris (1), O’Brien (1), and Hochstetler (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 10 rebounds and 3 steals, followed by Aylward with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. O’Brien had 1 rebound and 4 steals, Hochstetler had 3 rebounds, Harris had 2 rebounds, J. Hasenauer had 2 steals, Hild had 1 rebound and 1 steal, and Swedberg had 1 rebound.
Wallace vs Cambridge
Because the Lady Cats lost to Hitchcock County, they had to play in the consolation match with Cambridge in Wallace. Similar to previous play this week, the Cats started out a bit slow, struggling to gain momentum. Cambridge took the advantage, and at the end of the first quarter the Cats trailed by four, seven to eleven
The second quarter saw a more energetic team. The Cats seemed determined, and outscored Cambridge by one. Although trailing at the buzzer, the Cats seemed primed for a win as they headed into the locker room at the half, twenty to twenty-three.
The Lady Cats started the second quarter ready for a fight, but Cambridge wasn’t willing to relinquish their lead. Both teams fought hard, but as the buzzer sounded the Cats had outscored Cambridge by one, cutting their deficit to just two, thirty-one to thirty-three.
The Lady Cats took to the court determined to defend their home court. They outplayed their opponent, but in the end it came down to free throws. The Cats lost to Cambridge thirty-nine to forty-four. The Cats placed forth overall in the RPAC tournament.
Offensively, West (7 free throws) led the Cats with 21 points, followed by Hochstetler (1 free throw) with 7 points. Aylward made 4 points, J. Hasenauer made 3 points (1 free throw), and Smith and Hild each made 3 points. Leading the team with assists was Hild (2), J. Hasenauer (2), West (2), Aylward (1), Smith (1), and O’Brien (1). Leading the team with offensive rebounds were West (4), Aylward (3), Hochstetler (3), O’Brien (2), J. Hasenauer (1), Smith (1), and Hild (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 10 rebounds and 5 steals, followed closely by Aylward and O’Brien each with 8 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals. Hild had 2 rebounds, 1 block, and 2 steals, Hochstetler had 3 rebounds and 1 block, Swedberg and Smith each had 1 rebound, and J. Hasenauer had 1 steal.
Saturday, the Wildcats traveled to Benkelman for the first round of the RPAC tournament.
The Lady Cats had to face the Cardinals of Hayes Center for the first time this year. The Lady Cats started out kind of slow, struggling to build momentum, and the Cardinals took advantage of this fact. As the buzzer sounded Hayes Center was ahead by two, four to six.
The second quarter saw the Cats pick up their game, but the Cards were determined to hang with their rivals. The Cardinals outscored the Cats by one, strengthening their lead over the Wildcats to three. The Lady Cats headed into the locker-room trailing, 10-13.
After half, the Lady Cats were ready to gain control. Inspired by their coach at the half, the girls came out and outscored the Cardinals by 12. The Lady Cats played an excellent quarter, and the third quarter ended 28-19.
The Lady Cats continued to battle in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals were determined to regain their early momentum. The Cats fought hard, and managed to add three to their commanding lead.
The Wallace Wildcats won their first match in the RPAC Tournament, 41-29.
Offensively, West led the Cats with 15 points (3 free throws), followed by J. Hasenauer, Aylward, and O’Brien each with (4 free throws) 6 points. Hild (1 from the field and 1 free throw) and Swedberg (2 free throws) each had 4 points.
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Aylward (4), West (3), and J. Hasenauer (1).
Leading with assists were Hild (3), Aylward (2), and J. Hasenauer (1).
Defensively, West led the Cats with 12 rebounds, followed by O’Brien with 4 rebounds and 4 steals, and Aylward with 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Hild had 5 steals, J. Hasenauer had 2 rebounds and 3 steals, and Swedberg and Harris each had 1 steal.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Lady Cats will hosted the Brady Eagles, and Friday, Feb. 5, the Ladies will host the Hayes Center Cardinals for parents’ night.