Lady ‘Cats make Final Four

Photo by Christy Porter
LHS Lady ‘Cats send their hopes skyward in the black and orange balloon release.

By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher
  The LHS girls’ basketball team had a grand send-off Saturday morning as they departed for the Mo. Class 3 quarter-final game. Saxony Lutheran High School (Jackson), their last obstacle to the Final Four, awaited them at the Farmington Community Civic Center.
 The team’s lofty dreams of success were symbolized by the balloons they released before boarding the bus. A season of hard work, sweat, triumphs and tears, preceded by years of accumulating skills and building a drive to be their best, had culminated in earning a position as one of the eight best Class 3 teams in the state. The Lady ‘Cats were determined not to let this opportunity to advance to the Final Four escape them.

Photo by Shari Harris
Fans cheer the Lady ‘Cats on their way Saturday morning.

  The Booster Club organized the fans, who lined College Street with signs and shouts of encouragement, to send off the girls in style. The excitement was evident in the players’ faces as they waved in return to their supporters. The Licking Police Department provided an escort for the bus.
 Many fans, despite the two-hour drive over curvy roads to reach the game, attended the game and they were not disappointed. The lead transferred back and forth during the game, as the momentum swung from one team to the other. The end of regulation time found the score tied at 54, but the tide turned Licking’s direction in overtime, and the Lady ‘Cats persevered, 65-57 over the Crusaders.
  Thur., March 7, the Lady ‘Cats play in the Class 3 Semifinals, facing Lutheran North High School from St. Louis. The final four matchups take place at the JQH Arena in Springfield. The Licking game is at 6:50 p.m., and Strafford plays Trenton at 8:30 p.m. The game for 3rd/4th place is Friday, March 8, at 12:50 p.m. and the championship game follows at 4:30 p.m.
  In the boys’ bracket, Charleston plays Vashon at 3:30 p.m. and Springfield Catholic plays St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia) at 5:10 p.m., prior to the girls’ games on Thur. March 7. Their final games are Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m. for 3rd/4th and 2:40 p.m. for the Championship game, alternating with the girls’ games. It promises to be two days of exciting basketball action, and Licking’s Lady ‘Cats are ready for the challenge. If you are unable to attend the games, you can listen to Lady ‘Cats action on Big Country 99.3.
  Licking R-VIII School District is starting Spring Break one day early, on Friday, March 8, to allow students to attend the game. They will resume school one day early as well, on Friday, March 15. The Community Meeting about the school bond issue will be rescheduled from Thursday evening, March 7, to Thursday evening, March 21 and the Science Fair has been postponed one week, from March 7 to March 14.


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