WCHS Ladycats Defeat Lewis County, ‘Cats Take First Win of Year Against Clarksburg

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#33 Landyn Prater with the 3-pointer against Clarksburg.

The Ladycats and Wildcats traveled to Hohenwald Monday night and took on the Lady Panthers and Panthers. The Ladycats took a 42 – 15 lead by the half and went on to take the “mercy rule” win, 67 – 25, with all the players participating. The Wildcats lost another close match to the Panthers, 67 – 63. On Friday night they hosted Clarksburg, from West Tennessee. They came away with another “mercy rule” win, 81 – 35. The Wildcats took their first win of the year as they defeated the Rockets of Clarksburg, 87 – 61. Following games at Decatur/Riverside on Monday night, the teams will travel to Richland on Thursday, then host Mt. Pleasant on Friday. The teams will be off next week for Christmas. They will participate in a holiday classic beginning on the 28th. The Ladycats are now 4 – 0, with the ‘Cats standing at 1 – 4 on the year.

   Against Lewis County, the Ladycats went up 22 – 9 at the end of the first quarter and then upped the lead to 42 – 15, by the half. The score was 51 – 20 at the end of three. The clock ran for the fourth with the Ladycat subs winning 6 – 5.

   Lauren Bryant hit for 14 points on the night to lead the eleven players that scored. She had 2 rebounds, a steal, and 6 assists. Savannah McClain and Cambree Camfield each scored 10 points. McClain had 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist, while Camfield had 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. Michaela Gallian and Annie Lee each scored 7 points. Gallian had 3 rebounds and 3 steals, while Lee had a rebound and a steal. Lauren Prater scored 5 points and had 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Kelsey Carroll had 4 points with a rebound and 3 steals, and Charli Woodside and Kenzie Griggs each had 3 points with a rebound.  Woodside also had 3 steals, and an assist. Jac Keaton and Kylee Brewer each scored 2 points.  Keaton had 4 boards, a steal, and an assist, while Brewer had a steal and an assist. Jamie Lauren Hickman had 2 rebounds and an assist, Cimmi Willis had 2 rebounds, and Bailey Kilburn had 1. The Ladycats finished hitting 50% from the field, but managed only 42.9% from the foul line. They forced 30 Lady Panther turnovers.

   The Wildcats trailed by one point to the Panthers at the end of the first quarter, 16 – 15. They went on an 11-0 run at the beginning of the second, but saw Lewis County fight back and go on a 19 – 2 run to finish the first half with a 35 – 28 lead. In the third, they upped the margin 2 more points. The final quarter saw the ‘Cats fighting down to the wire. With 8.8 seconds left, Tyler Moser got and offensive put back to make the margin 4, 67 – 63. The ‘Cats fouled, but the Panthers missed the free throws. The Wildcats’ shots were no good to make the final 67 – 63.

   Clay Baugus led the ‘Cats in scoring with 23 points. He had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist. Tyler Moser added 21 points and had his first double-double of the season with 12 rebounds. He had a steal and an assist. Austin Whitson scored 8 points and had 2 boards, while Landyn Prater added 6 with 2 boards, a steal, and 2 assists. Ethan Camfield rounded out the scoring with 5 points. He had a steal and 3 assists.  Braxton Butler came up with a steal. The ‘Cats hit 46.8% from the field, but were only 3 of 16 from long range. They were outrebounded 25 – 20.

   The Ladycats got off to a good start on Friday night, taking a 21 – 9l lead after one quarter of action.  They pushed the lead out to 41 – 20 by the half, and allowed only two points in the third while scoring 28.  The running clock saw the Ladycat subs be outscored 13 – 12 in the final period. Final score:  81 – 35.

   Michaela Gallian, Cambree Camfield, and Jac Keaton all hit for double figures. Gallian scored 19 points and had 2 rebounds, blocked two shots, and had 3 steals and 2 assists. Cambree Camfield hit for 11 points, including 3 three point goals. She had 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Freshman Jac Keaton scored in double figures with 10 points with 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Savannah McClain had 9 points with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. Annie Lee came off the bench to score 7 points with a rebound and an assist, while Lauren Bryant had 6 points, with 6 rebounds a steal, and 6 assists. Charli Woodside had 5 points and 2 rebounds. Lauren Prater and Kylee Brewer each scored 4 fourth quarter points. Prater had a rebound, a steal, and an assist. Brewer had 2 boards. Cimmie Willis hit a 3, and Kelsey Carroll hit a pair of free throws with 3 rebounds and a steal. Isabel Luedeke hit one of two from the line. The Ladycats hit 28 of 35 from the foul line and made 9 three point goals on 16 attempts.

   The Wildcats took an 18 – 5 first quarter lead and led by double-digits at the half, 38- 26. They extended their lead and went on to take a 87 – 61 win with the hot shooting of Landyn Prater. Prater hit 9 three-point goals on the night and finished with 31 points. He had a block, a steal, and an assist. Tyler Moser also had a big game for the Wildcats with a double-double. He scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds with a block, a steal, and an assist. Clay Baugus hit for 18 points and had 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals, and 5 assists. Ethan Camfield scored 4 points and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Jesse Dixon and Austin Whitson each scored 3 points. Whitson had 6 boards and had 3 steals, while Dixon had 2 rebounds. Preston Stegall scored 2 points. Braxton Butler had a steal and an assist, and Eli McClain had a rebound. The Wildcats shot 52.4% from the field, including 50% from 3. They forced 24 Rocket turnovers, coming up with 16 steals. 

   With daily uncertainty because of COVID, the teams look to continue action this week. Support them as they work hard to play Wildcat and Ladycat basketball. “GO LADYCATS AND WILDCATS!”—Submitted