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Junior High Lady ‘Cats Split


By Coach Jennifer Smith
Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Junior High Lady ‘Cats traveled to Eugene to take on the Eagles. The night began with two quarters of seventh grade play, due to injuries and low numbers for the Eagles. The Wildcats wasted no time putting points up on the board, taking a 12-1 first quarter lead. Full court pressure defense allowed the ‘Cats to cause several turnovers, which they turned to fast break points. The second quarter of their game, they struggled slightly on the offensive end, but continued to apply fierce defense, ending with a 16-4 two quarter win.
Halloween night brought the Cuba Wildcats to town. Once again, the seventh grade was only allowed two quarters of play. They began the night with their own trick and treat goodies for their opponents and the crowd. The first quarter they again applied pressure, taking a 10-4 lead at the end of one. The ‘Cats found themselves struggling offensively in the second quarter two nights in a row, but managed to step up the defense and pull out the win 14-11.
The eighth grade Lady ‘Cats split with their opponents, bringing home a combined, team effort win over the Eugene Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Despite having some issues taking care of the ball, the ‘Cats managed to take an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Turnovers haunted them the second quarter which led the Eagles to a 13-12 half-time lead. A couple of defensive adjustments and changes on offense allowed the Lady ‘Cats to come out energized, taking the lead and not looking back to pull out the win 26-22. “This was a great night to be a Wildcat after the long ride to Eugene. None of the girls let the drive bother them and were focused on the task at hand.” – Coach Jennifer Smith.
Thursday, Oct. 31, the Licking eighth grade followed the two quarters of seventh, but were unable to pick up a win against a very aggressive and deep Cuba team. In the first half, the home team Wildcats seemed a bit nervous and struggled on both ends of the floor. Half-time called for continued focus and improvement from everyone that got into the game. Second half nerves were settled a bit, and the Licking ‘Cats appeared to improve both offensively and defensively. The second half score was much closer than the first, just not enough to overcome the deficit they found themselves facing, losing 37-16.

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