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Junior High Girls Basketball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Shari Harris
Riley Moloney keeps her eye on the target against Green Forest Monday.


By Jennifer Smith


The eighth grade Lady ‘Cats started the Mtn. Grove Tournament Nov. 13 with first round action against the Houston Tigers. After a long weekend, the ‘Cats were full of nerves that proved to be an issue for the girls.
In the first quarter, there was trouble on the defensive end and multiple forced attempts to score, allowing the Tigers to take a 6-2 lead. The second quarter belonged to the Wildcats as they began to put together defensive stops and push their fast break, leading to six quick points from Hannah Medlock. Jamie Fike was a big contributor defensively, leading to turnovers by the Tigers. Riley Moloney was aggressive offensively which led to several trips to the free throw line, where she converted points for the ‘Cats, taking an 11-8 half-time lead. The second half turned into a fight to the end. The Lady ‘Cats came out aggressive and once again, Medlock picked up six quick points. The Tigers added their own pressure after the quick start and tied the game at the end of the third. The fourth quarter saw both teams pull ahead and fall behind before the Tigers’ put up four points in the last minute to hold to the win, 26-22.
                                                                                                               Photo by Shari Harris
Junior high cheerleaders led the crowd in support 
for the Junior High Lady ‘Cats and Wildcats.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the ‘Cats faced the Cabool Bulldogs. Rebounding by Ryleigh Barton and the speed of Finley Sullins on fast breaks allowed the ‘Cats to pull out the win and advance to the consolation game on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Monday, Nov. 18, the Lady ‘Cats were at home for a makeup game against the Green Forest Mustangs. “Tonight’s game belonged to the Wildcats and was a total team effort,” commented Smith. All team members saw playing time and contributed to the win, 53-12. Sullins was out in front of the offense, capitalizing on passes from Medlock and Moloney. Gracie Hunter came off the bench with defensive stops and rebounding, while Gracie Berriault was able to help with the defensive effort and controlling the ball. The ‘Cats welcomed Makenna Skidmore back after a two week injury, and she picked up right where she left off, offensively and defensively.

Photo by Shari Harris
Aubrey Gorman goes in for a layup
 in the seventh grade game 
Monday against Green Forest.

By Kaylon Buckner

The seventh grade girls had another undefeated week, going 3-0 thanks to their stingy defense.
In the first round of the Mtn. Grove tournament Nov. 13, Houston was held scoreless and Zoey Dawson had 12 points to lead the offense to a 31-0 victory.
Next up in the tournament was Mtn. Grove on Nov. 14. Thanks to their effective full-court press, the girls were able to hold off Mtn. Grove 24-18. Contributing in the scoring column that night were Kinley Keaton, Josie Wells, Halee Clayton, Allie Medlock, Allie Hock, and Raylee Clayton.
The seventh grade girls advanced to the championship game of the tournament, which will be at 6:30 p.m. on November 20.
Green Forest came to Licking Nov. 18 for a regular season match up and another strong defensive performance by the Lady ‘Cats led to a 40-1 victory. Raylee Clayton and Aubrey Gorman led the way offensively with 12 points each and Halee Clayton added six.

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