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Junior High Girls pick up two wins


By Jennifer Smith

The Junior High Lady Wildcats picked up two wins, starting with the Salem Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Lady ‘Cats started strong with Hannah Medlock tipping the ball to Finley Sullins, who got a pass off to Riley Moloney, scoring the first two points of the game. The ‘Cats never looked back, controlling the game offensively and defensively to bring home a 34-9 win. “More impressive than the score was the way the team adapted to Salem trying to take Medlock out of the game in the second half. They really showed team composure and confidence in each other.” – Coach Jennifer Smith.
  On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Steelville Cardinals came to town to try their hand at the Lady’Cats. Again, Medlock was able to control the tip into the hands of Sullins. Things were a bit different in that the Cardinals quickly put defensive pressure on Sullins, who made the decision to take the shot herself this time. Fouled on her attempt, she put the ‘Cats on the board with free throws. The ladies hung on to the immediate lead for their second win of the week, 37-21. The ladies had to work a bit harder for this one as the Cardinals’ defense caused several turnovers throughout the night. Jamie Fike and Ryleigh Barton did a great job in the first half blocking out and controlling the boards, which allowed the ‘Cats to be on the offensive end. After getting over their nerves, the ladies slowed down, worked the ball, and successfully found teammates cutting toward the basket to score. Gracie Berriault and Gracie Hunter came in several times with crucial plays and rebounding of their own. 
For the third game in a row, the seventh grade ‘Cats only got two quarters of play against the Salem Tigers. The girls struggled a bit more with their defense than prior games, but managed to outscore the Tigers 17-10 in a half. There were several offensive bright spots with play from Ralee Clayton, Kinley Keaton and Josie Wells taking the ball to the basket.

Thursday versus the Cardinals, allowed this group their first full game in two weeks. Knowing they needed to get their defensive pressure back, they started with full court pressure, causing several turnovers. This effort set the tone for the night and helped them pull out the win, 30-15. Focused rebounding and blocking out by Allie Hock, Zoey Dawson and Allie Medlock was key in setting up the ‘Cats offensive attack. Halee Clayton and Aubrey Gorman kept great pressure of their own on the ball to keep the Cardinals off balance. Clayton and Gorman had several steals that led to fast breaks and points for the Lady ‘Cats. It was a great week for the Lady ‘Cats to build on as they enter the Mtn. Grove tournament.

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