On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Wallace Lady Wildcats traveled to Southwest High to play the Hayes Center Cardinals.
This was the third time the two teams met up this season; the winner of this match would advance in subdistrict play. Wallace fell short in a heartbreaking loss that ended their season, 35-50.
Coach Shannon Messersmith said, “Although we didn't accomplish all of our goals this season, I am very proud of our team. The girls continued to work hard. One of the goals we did accomplish was to get better as the season went on. After a slow start we finished by going 9-4 in our last 13 games.”
Wallace fell behind early and struggled to regain their momentum.
In the first quarter Wallace trailed 15-8, but with good defense, held the Cardinals to only six points in the second quarter. The halftime score showed 14-21 in favor of Hayes Center.
During the third period Wallace again struggled allowing their opponent to score 18 points, while the Wildcats scored 11. Scoring in the final quarter was pretty even again, but not enough for a Wildcat victory.
Scoring in this game was led by upperclassmen junior Christina Daniels with 12 points and Senior Sara Hubbard with 10 points. Freshman Maggie May scored seven of the Wildcat points while junior Hayley Storm scored four and senior Alexandra Lundvall scored two. Daniels also pulled down 16 rebounds to aid in the team effort.
This game concluded the Wallace Lady Wildcats season with nine wins and 11 losses. The team will return many players next season, but will miss the four seniors who have showed leadership this year: Paige Aylward, Sara Hubbard, Alex Lundvall, and Jaclyn Nelson.
Christina Daniels will be returning as a senior next winter and commented, “Beating Mullen was the most memorable game for the season because we haven't been able to outscore them for quite a few years.”
She continued, “This season we improved on how to get ourselves out of tough situations and how to bring our intensity before every game.”
Success for next year will depend on the hard work during the off season.
Daniels continued, “All of us will be lifting weights, shooting in open gym and attending camps to improve for the 2014-15 season.”