|Lady Cats out for revenge after last week’s loss|
By Christy Sheets
Last week the Lady Cats faced opponents on both Thursday and Friday nights.
Wallace vs South Platte
On Thursday night the Lady Cats traveled to Big Springs to face South Platte. The Lady Cats were primed and ready to play, and they took the early lead, outscoring their opponent by 12. The first quarter ended with the Lady Cats ahead, 15 to three.
The second quarter was a carbon copy of the first with the Wildcats dominating the court. The lead allowed Coach Koop to give some of her younger players some valuable court time.
The Wildcats outscored their opponent by four in the second, and headed into the locker room leading 30 to 14.
The Lady Cats started the second half energized, and prepared to win. The energy enabled the Wallace Wildcats to outscore South Platte by 22. The third quarter ended 52 to 15.
The Cats were ready for the fourth quarter, and the less experienced players once again got the time on the court. The Wildcats won the game 64 to 22.
Offensively, senior Katelynn Hild led the Lady Cats with 13 points (one field goal), followed closely by senior MaKayla Gardner and junior Brooke Hochstetler each with 12 points (two free throws). Junior Emily Hasenauer had seven points (one free throw), senior Shanice Harris made six points, junior Danica Messersmith had five points (one free throw), senior Whitney Smith and sophomore Chelsea Sowle each made four points, and junior Kelsey Hubbard had one point (one free throw).
Leading the team with assists were sophomore Anna Griffiths (five), Hild (three), Smith (two), freshman Sara Hubbard (two), Gardner (one), Hasenauer (one), K. Hubbard (one), junior Lexi Banks (one), Harris (one), and freshman Alexandria Lundvall (one).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Harris (seven), Hochstetler (six), Smith (four), Hasenauer (four), Gardner (three), Messersmith (three), senior Laura O’Brien (two), Hild (two), Banks (one), Sowle (one), and S. Hubbard (one).
Defensively, Hochstetler led the Cats with nine rebounds, two blocks, and three steals, followed by Harris with four rebounds, two blocks, and three steals, and Smith with two rebounds, two blocks, and five steals.
Banks had four rebounds and one steal, Hild had two rebounds and three steals, O’Brien had one block and four steals, Hasenauer had one rebound and three steals,
Gardner had three rebounds and one steal, Sowle had one rebound, one block, and one steal, Messersmith had two rebounds, K. Hubbard had one rebound and one steal, and S. Hubbard had one steal.
Wallace vs Paxton
Friday night, the Wildcats hosted the Tigers of Paxton. The Lady Cats started the night hoping to build on the momentum they had from Thursday.
It was a battle of the Cats, but at the end of the first quarter the Wildcats were ahead by three, 15 to 12.
The Lady Cats continued to play with energy, but plagued by fouls the Cats just weren’t allowed to gain any momentum.
The Wildcats headed into the locker room at the half behind by one, 33 to 34.
After the half, the Tigers were ready to maintain control, but the Cats simply refused to let this happen. The Wildcats outscored the Tigers by seven, to retake the lead 48 to 44.
The Lady Cats, determined to finish strong, took the court with resolve. With every shot, momentum built, strengthening the Lady Cats’ lead, and dashing the Tigers’ hope of a victory.
The Lady Cats won the match, outscoring the Tigers by 14 in the fourth quarter, with a final score of 70 to 50.
Offensively, Harris (nine free throws) led the Cats with 25 points, followed by Hochstetler with 20 (two free throws). Gardner had 10 points, Smith had six points, Hild had three points (one field goal), and O’Brien, Hasenauer, and K. Hubbard (two free throws) each had two points.
Leading the team with assists were Smith (five), O’Brien (four), Gardner (four), Harris (three), Hild (three), Hochstetler (two), and Hasenauer (one).
Leading the team with offensive rebounds were Harris (seven), Gardner (six), Hochstetler (five), Smith (two), O’Brien (one), K. Hubbard (one), Griffiths (one), and Hasenauer (one)
Defensively, Harris led the team with nine rebounds, one block, and four steals, followed by Hochstetler with five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals, and O’Brien with five rebounds, one block, and three steals.
Gardner had four rebounds, one block, and two steals, Hasenauer had two rebounds, one block, and three steals, Smith four rebounds, K. Hubbard had one rebound and one steal, Messersmith had one rebound, and Hild had one steal.
The Lady Cats traveled to face Dundy County/Stratton on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
On Thursday, Jan. 20, (tonight) the Cats will host Arthur.
The Lady Cats will then play in the RPAC tournament in Hayes Center, with first round starting on Saturday, Jan. 22.