Lady ‘Cats dominate at Districts


Photo by Shari Harris
Four seasons in a row, the Lady ‘Cats have brought home the District title. From left, front row: Kylie Taylor, Anna Sullins, Karlee Holland, Abagail Moncrief, Mgr. Kimrey Krewson; back row: Coach Steve Rissler, Winter Murray, Kaida Cook, Kiley Ingram, Abbie Sullins, Maci Sparks, Mgr. Bailie Joyner, Tomi Rose, Asst. Coach Terri Moncrief and Asst. Coach Rick Mosher.

First Round
The Licking Lady Wildcats traveled to the Superdome on the campus of Mtn. Grove to compete in the 2020 Class 3 District 4 tournament last week. Licking was voted the number one seed by the coaches in the district. The opening game was on Saturday vs. the 8th seeded Dixon Lady Bulldogs. Licking wasted little time going to work in this one, opening the game on a 20-2 run that snowballed into a 30-point lead at halftime. Licking continued to roll in the second half as Dixon’s zone was no match for the Lady ‘Cat’s ball movement and shooting accuracy. Licking led by 45 after three quarters and rolled to an 84-32 victory.
Karlee Holland scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in three quarters to lead Licking. Abbie Sullins added 17 points and 8 rebounds, Kylie Taylor had 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds, Anna Sullins 7 points and 8 rebounds, Abby Moncrief 7 points, Kiley Ingram 5 points, Winter Murray 4, Tomi Rose 2 and Kaida Cook 2.
Semi-finals
Licking faced the fourth seed in the Ava Lady Bears in the semi-finals. Ava had beaten Willow by 17 in the first round. The first quarter was a slow-paced, feeling-out round that saw long offensive possessions by Ava and missed opportunities by Licking. The ‘Cats led 11-9 after the first quarter. The second quarter was a different story as Licking got rolling behind the inside game of Moncrief and the outside game of Holland. Licking dropped 23 points in the quarter and only allowed 7, to push the halftime lead to 18. The third quarter was much of the same as the Lady ‘Cats used dominant half court pressure to extend the lead into the 40s and get the turbo clock rolling in the fourth. Licking won 58-29 and advanced to the district championship game.
Licking was led by Holland with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Moncrief added 14 points on 7/7 shooting. Maci Sparks, Abbie Sullins and Taylor all scored 4 and Anna Sullins chipped in 2.
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Highlights from the Ava game.
Championship

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Abbie Sullins puts up two against 
St. James in the district final 
win for the Lady ‘Cats.
Licking opened the 2020 season with a win at St. James, and after the game, the coaches knew they would meet again for a district championship in late February. St. James defeated Mtn. Grove and Liberty to advance to the finals.
The game began with St. James in a big 122 zone defense in an attempt to limit open looks on the perimeter for Licking’s many shooters. The zone worked for the most part, as several failed 3-point attempts allowed St. James to build an 11-3 lead before a late three from Junior Anna Sullins got things rolling in the right direction for the ‘Cats. That shot seemed to take some pressure off the girls and they went to work on defense, holding the Lady Tigers to three points in the second quarter while scoring 21 points off steals and free throws. A corner 3-pointer from Murray at the halftime buzzer saw Licking take a 27-14 advantage into the locker room. The third quarter was another low scoring affair but Licking finished up 10-6 to add to the lead. The fourth quarter saw Licking’s guards take over and run the clock for eight minutes while making a few free throws here and there. The final buzzer sounded and Licking won their fourth district in a row, 53-35, over a solid St. James group.
Holland led scoring with 14 points, 7 steals, Abbie Sullins had 11 points, Anna Sullins scored 10 points, 8 rebounds; Moncrief 8 points, Taylor 5 points, Murray 3 points and Cook 2 points.

“This was a great victory for our program. We knew in early November we would have to beat St. James to get out of the district. We prepared for this game for several months and to finally get the win feels amazing. We didn’t shoot it well tonight from the perimeter but we found other ways to score, which is huge in the post season. Anna had a big one for us tonight with 10 points and 8 rebounds. I’m happy for her. She is our unsung hero a lot of the time and she brought it on the biggest stage of the season. Karlee was absolutely everywhere tonight on defense. She came up with some steals that were pivotal.” Coach Rissler.
Photos by Shari Harris
Highlights from district championship game against St. James.

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