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Lady ‘Cats win the Big Cat Classic


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The Lady ‘Cats won the Big Cat Classic trophy this year. From left: Rawly Gorman, Town & Country Bank – Licking, Maci Sparks, Kaida Cook, Anna Sullins, Abbie Sullins, Tomi Rose, Abagail Moncrief, Karlee Holland, Kiley Ingram, Kiley Taylor, Winter Murray, Kyra Taylor, Mgr. Bailie Joyner and Doug Barnes, Town & Country Bank – Salem.

By Coach Steve Rissler

LICKING, Mo. - The annual Big Cat Classic was played at the Sherman Hill Fieldhouse this year and the Lady Cats didn’t disappoint their home court fans. Licking roared out of the gate scoring 14 unanswered points to start the game and force two Salem timeouts. Licking would win the first quarter 14-4. The second quarter saw Abby Moncrief go to work in the paint, scoring eight points off drive and dishes from Holland and traditional post ups. Salem scored 10 points in the second but Licking netted 14 for a 28 to 14 halftime score. Licking played probably the best quarter of the year in the third, getting contributions from everyone on the floor on both ends to push the lead to 51-23 heading into the fourth. The turbo clock was in play in the final quarter as the Lady ‘Cats cruised to a 64-29 Big Cat Classic Win.
Licking had four girls in double figures with Karlee Holland having a double-double with 12 points, 11 assists, 4 blocked shots, 6 steals and 6 rebounds. Kylie Taylor added 15 points on 5 threes and 5 rebounds, Abbie Sullins totaled 17 points and 6 rebounds, Abby Moncrief added 12 points and 7 rebounds, Anna Sullins scored 6 points and led with 8 rebounds, Kaida Cook added 2 points.
“We owed Salem one from last year’s game at their place. We are starting to click on both ends and we should be peaking right at district time.” Coach Rissler.
Licking is now 14-5 overall and ranked eighth in Class 3.
STRAFFORD, Mo. - The Lady Wildcats made the trip to Strafford on Tuesday to play the Class 3 number two ranked team. Licking came to play early as a trio of three pointers from Kylie Taylor, Karlee Holland and Abbie Sullins led to an early Lady Indian timeout. Strafford kept pace by getting to the line eight times early but Licking still led 14-12 after the first quarter. Karlee Holland went to work in the second quarter, scoring eight points to go with multiple blocked shots as Licking extended the lead to 24-19 at the half. Strafford cranked up the defensive intensity in the third and the Lady ‘Cats struggled to get anything going on offense. Strafford won the third quarter 15 to 5 and took a 34-29 lead into the fourth. The offensive struggles continued in the fourth as Licking couldn’t adjust to the physicality of the Indian pressure defense. Strafford won 45 to 35 in a matchup of top five teams.
Licking was led by Holland with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Kylie Taylor added 9 points and 4 assists, Abbie Sullins 5 points, Winter Murray 3 points, Anna Sullins 2 points and 8 rebounds, Kaida Cook 1 point, Abby Moncrief 2 points.
“We knew after leading at halftime they would crank up the defense in the second half and we weren’t able to handle it. Turnovers and offensive rebounding killed us tonight but we didn’t lie down when they took the lead. We kept competing and I’m proud of the girls’ effort.” Coach Rissler.

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