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Junior High Lady ‘Cats


                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Shari Harris
Riley Moloney puts up a shot in the Ava game Friday.
By Coach Jennifer Smith

The junior high Lady ‘Cats brought home two more wins, starting with the Waynesville Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Wildcats traveled to Waynesville and picked up a hard fought win, 26-24. Although the score was 13-10 in favor of the Tigers at half-time, the ‘Cats were determined to fight back in the second half. Tight defensive pressure by Finley Sullins and Riley Moloney to start the second half led to several turnovers allowed the Wildcats to score and pull ahead. They controlled the game from that point. Hannah Medlock and Ryleigh Barton controlled the boards to keep the Tigers from multiple attempts to score. Allie Hock, Linzie Wallace, and Kinley Keaton all came off the bench stepping right into the game plan with their own defensive stops of the Tigers. With 37 seconds left in the game, and the threat of a turnover by the Wildcats, Makenna Skidmore was on the free throw line from an intentional foul by the Tigers. This also gave possession back to the ‘Cats, who were able to control the ball and pull out the win.
To end the long week, Friday, Dec. 13, the Ava Bears came to town to face the Lady ‘Cats. The ladies wasted no time jumping out to a lead to take control of the game from the first minute. Not only were the ‘Cats able to continue their tough defense, causing several turnovers, their offense stood out on its own to put points on the board. The Lady ‘Cats were able to run their fast break from rebounding by Barton, Medlock, and Skidmore, as well as steals by Sullins and Moloney. When the Bears slowed the ladies down, they were patient and found holes in the Bear defense to score from the half court setting. Jamie Fike, Gracie Berriault, and Gracie Hunter were able to step in to keep momentum going for the Wildcats. The night ended with a 38-20 win for the Lady Wildcats. Their final game of the year Thursday, Dec. 19, versus the Willow Springs Bears, will be played at home in the FEMA gym. Come catch the last junior high girls’ game for 2019.

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