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Junior High Girls Pick Up Two Wins

                                                           Photo by Shari Harris
Abby Sullins, 21, increased the score to 8-2 against Houston. Emma Taber, 35, and Kaida Cook, 33, are also pictured. The Junior High cheerleaders provided support to the Lady ‘Cats.
Submitted by Jennifer Smith
  Tue. Nov. 13, the Mtn. View-Liberty Eagles came to Licking to challenge the Licking Lady Wildcats. The Eagles were trying to avenge a loss at the hands of the Wildcats a week earlier in the second round of the Mtn. Grove Tournament. “The girls know it is hard to beat a team twice in a week, but they have been focused on execution and finishing since their only loss at this time to Steelville,” comments Coach Smith.
  The Lady Wildcats were slow to start in the first quarter, only putting up nine on the scoreboard. Putting different defenses in front of the Eagles and aggressively attacking the boards allowed the ‘Cats to pull ahead 22-11 at half-time. In the second half, Katlyn Routh and Emma Taber continued controlling the rebounding and getting outlets to Abbie Sullins and Maci Sparks to push the fast pace attack on offense. Kaida Cook worked hard on the inside getting fouled and to the free throw line to add to the scoreboard. Always appreciated help from Hannah Medlock, Riley Moloney, Makenna Skidmore, and Finley Sullins allowed the eighth grade girls to get needed rest to continue their running attack. ’Cats pulled out the victory 43-23.
                        Photo by Shari Harris
Riley Moloney, 10, started the scoring
against Houston in the 7th grade game. 
The Lady ‘Cats went on to a 35-29 win
over  the  Lady Tigers.
  Scoring: A. Sullins 18, Sparks 16, Cook 4, Taber and Medlock 2. Next on the schedule for the Lady Wildcats was the Houston Lady Tigers. The Tigers came to town Mon., Nov. 26 after a long Thanksgiving break. The ‘Cats were ready for revenge as the Tigers beat them in summer play, handing them a loss in the shootout.
  The tip-off appeared to set the tone for the evening. The ball was tipped to a Wildcat and immediately tied up by a Tiger causing a second tip within the first five seconds of the game. The second tip gave control to the home Wildcats. Hoping to take advantage of the momentum, the lady ‘Cats forced their offense and lost control to the Tigers. The Tigers took advantage of their first possession scoring the first points of the ball game. Mixing the defensive sets, communication, and rebounding by the Wildcats put a stop to first half scoring as they took an impressive 17-2 half time lead. Offensively the ‘Cats took advantage of the Tiger defense. The Tigers put a defender in the middle, leaving Katlyn Routh open on the outside, and her teammates found her for 6 quick points. The Tigers had to be aware of each Wildcat at this point, while A. Sullins and Sparks attacked the basket, finding open teammates when double-teamed by the Tigers. Cook showed why she is feared as one of the toughest girls inside, finishing her moves. Medlock came off the bench consistently to pick up for whoever she relieves and didn’t miss a beat on either end of the floor. F. Sullins, Moloney, and Skidmore also came off the bench with continued defensive support and rebounding much needed to keep possession of the ball. All players pushed the scoreboard to a 39-16 win.
  Scoring: Sparks 10, Cook 8, A. Sullins 7, Routh 6, Taber and Medlock 4.

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