Lady Cats Three-Peat at Frisco League Tournament

                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Christy Dieman
Licking High School girls are Frisco League Champions.
Submitted by Coach Steven Rissler
  The Licking Girls basketball team showed why they were chosen as the number one seed as they dismantled second seeded Stoutland 55-33 in the Frisco League Tourney Championship. Licking won their three tournament games by an average of 24 points. Saturday night’s game started with Kylie Taylor knocking down a 3 and Karlee Holland scoring 8 straight before two Stoutland timeouts. Lexi Hadix hit a shot at the buzzer and Licking led 14-4 after one quarter of play. Licking hit three 3’s (Hadix, Anna Sullins, Taylor) and pushed the lead to 31-11, but a 7-0 run by the Lady Tigers kept them in striking distance. Licking led 32-18 at the half. The third quarter was all Licking as Holland outscored Stoutland by herself 9-4. Another 3 by Hadix extended the lead to 46-22 with one quarter left. Licking was able to get the lead to 31 but several late baskets by Stoutland made the final score 55-33 and gave the girls their third Frisco tourney championship in a row.
  “We played solid for about 28 of the 32 minutes tonight. Our goal is be solid for 32 of 32 minutes in late February. The girls did a great job on Stoutland’s best player. She had a slop 3 with a minute left and that’s all she got. Karlee is leading us, but we’ve got 7 or 8 other girls that can score too. The stats are so spread out, I wonder who opposing coaches will pick to key on besides Holland going forward,” Coach Rissler commented.
                                                                                       Photo by Christy Dieman
                      Karlee Holland lining up for a free throw against Stoutland.
  Holland led with 24 points on 10/15 shooting with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. Taylor chipped in 8 points and 4 assists. Lexi Hadix scored 8 points. Sullins had 3 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Abby Moncrief added 4 points, Athena Hood 2 points and 4 rebs, and Kiley Ingram 2 points and 6 rebounds. Tomi Rose had 2 points and 2 rebounds.
  Licking played the Newburg Lady Wolves on Wednesday with the spot in the championship on the line. Newburg came in undefeated at 3-0 and seeded fourth. 
  Early steals in the half court led to several easy layups for Licking, but Newburg was able to keep pace as Licking missed 6 point-blank shots in the first quarter. Licking led 14-7 after the first quarter. The Lady Cats were able to finish in the second quarter and extended the lead to 35-17 at the half. The second half was much of the same as Licking would push the lead to as high as 33, but bad defense and foolish fouls allowed Newburg to cut the lead all the way back to 17 in the fourth quarter. Licking would win by the final score of 66 to 44 and secure a spot in the finals for the third year in a row and for the fifth time in six seasons.
  Karlee Holland finished with 20 points, 6 assists, 6 steals. Abby Moncrief gave 14 points, 6 boards. Athena Hood added 10 points, 4 boards. Anna Sullins had 8 points, 4 boards; Kiley Ingram 8 points, 8 rebounds; Kylie Taylor 5 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Lainy Hadix 3 points; and Kasey Richards 2 steals.
  “We gave up straight line drives to the rim all night. We have got to get solid defensively if we want any chance of winning on Saturday,” Coach Rissler said.
  Licking defeated Dixon 62-34 Monday night to advance to the semi-final game against Newburg.
  The Lady Wildcats earned the #1 seed in the Frisco League Tournament this year. They faced #8 seed Dixon on Monday night and won 62-34. Licking used balanced scoring, a deep bench and multiple defenses to win all 4 quarters.
  Karlee Holland led with 16 points, 6 steals, 4 blocks and 4 assists. Kiley Ingram scored a career-high 15 points on 6/8 shooting. Abby Moncrief added 5 points and 7 boards. Athena Hood had 8 points, and Anna Sullins contributed 5 points and 4 rebounds. Kylie Taylor scored 3 points with 6 assists. Lainy Hadix and Kasey Richards each made a three-pointer, Tomi Rose added 2 points, and Winter Murray 2.
  “Dixon finished 4th last year in this tourney and returned their best kids and somehow fell to the eighth seed. They hit 5 or 6 threes to stay in the game early and our girls didn’t panic. We just kept guarding and executing our stuff. It is a luxury to have so many kids that can play,” Coach Rissler said.


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