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Lady ‘Cats 6-0 in Frisco, lose a tough one at Hartville

Submitted by Steven Rissler
  The Lady Wildcats made the short trip to Plato on Monday, Feb. 4 to face the Lady Eagles on their senior night. Licking would score early and often behind 15 first quarter points by Karlee Holland. The Lady Cats would race to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter. The other girls followed Holland’s lead in the second as six three-pointers were made (two from Holland, two from Lexi Hadix, and one each from Athena Hood and Kylie Taylor). Licking would outscore Plato 24-2 in the quarter to take a commanding 48-12 lead in to the break. Plato had a better third quarter but Licking still outscored them 21-16 to be ahead by 41 points and get the turbo clock in play for the fourth quarter. Licking would cruise to a 76-31 Frisco League road victory.
  Holland scored 30 points in three quarters of play on 10 of 16 shooting, to go with 4 assists. Abby Moncrief added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Lexi Hadix nailed 3 out of 4 threes for 9 points. Hood added 7 points and 3 steals. Taylor totaled 5 points and 6 assists. Kiley Ingram had 4 points and 5 boards; Tomi Rose 3 points and 3 rebounds; Anna Sullins 2 points; and Lainy Hadix 2 points.
  “We had a good energy at practice and it held over to tonight’s game. Everyone was on the same page on both ends and shots were falling. The girls made 9 of 12 three-point shots in the first half and no one on our schedule can deal with that kind of efficiency.” Coach Rissler
  The Licking Lady Wildcats won two games to stay perfect in Frisco League play with two games to go. Licking made the long trip to Stoutland Jan. 31 to battle the Lady Tigers with first place on the line. Licking jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind two early breakaway layups by Karlee Holland, but after a timeout, Stoutland scored 10 straight points. Licking was able to take the lead back on a shot by Holland at the buzzer to lead 13-12 after one quarter. The teams would battle back and forth in the second but another buzzer beater by Holland, this time a deep three, gave Licking a 26-24 lead at halftime. The girls came out of the locker room with a different intensity on defense and put together a 12-2 run to take control of the game. Licking would win the quarter 24-12 behind five three-pointers (two from Holland, and one each from Kylie Taylor, Lainy Hadix and Lexi Hadix) and hold a 50-36 lead with one quarter to play. The Lady Wildcats would not make a field goal in the fourth quarter. Licking was held to 5/10 free throws and had multiple late turnovers in the final frame, as Stoutland would score 15 points in the last 4 minutes, for a final score of 55-51.
  Licking was led by Holland with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Lainy Hadix added 11 points on 4/6 shooting. Taylor had 6 points; Anna Sullins 4 points, 5 rebounds; Lexi Hadix 3 points; Kiley Ingram 2 points; and Abby Moncrief 2 points.
  “We did not sustain a complete effort for 32 minutes. As a group, we did the bare minimum to leave with a win. Games like this are a main reason coaches have grey hair and high blood pressure.” Coach Rissler
  The Licking Lady Wildcats were supposed to play the highly ranked Lady Eagles from Hartville at SBU in Bolivar, but the weather put a stop to that contest. Licking coach, Steve Rissler, agreed to play the game in Hartville Jan. 29 to make the game even more challenging for his girls. The game did not start in the Lady ‘Cats favor. Three consecutive three-pointers gave Hartville a 9-0 lead and momentum. Licking would finally get on the board after several missed layups and chip shots but would trail 14-7 after the first quarter. Karlee Holland would get going in the second, scoring 9 points and the 2-3 zone by Licking held Hartville’s guard-oriented offense to just 6 points. Hartville would now only lead 20-19 at intermission. Licking would get the lead early in the third and keep it, leading 30-28 heading into the fourth quarter. Licking would push the lead to as much as 7, but three turnovers with under two minutes remaining would allow Hartville opportunities to get back in the game. Clutch shooting by Hartville with under a minute to play got the home team the lead back for good. Licking at one point led 39-32 midway through the fourth quarter and ended up losing 42-39.
  Holland led Licking with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Abby Moncrief added 11 points and 9 rebounds; Lainy Hadix 5 points; Kiley Ingram, Athena Hood, Anna Sullins and Kylie Taylor 2 points each; and Tomi Rose 1 point.
  “We let this one get away late. We had the lead and the ball with under two minutes and couldn’t take care of business. We executed our end of game stuff well and got the shots we wanted late but they didn’t fall.” Coach Rissler


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