WCHS ‘Cats & Lady Cats Take Two at Clifton, Split with Perry County

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#24 Lauren Bryant defends the Lady Lion ball handler.

The Wayne County High School Lady Cats picked up two more wins this past week as they defeated the Lady Lions of Frank Hughes and the Lady Vikings of Perry County. The Wildcats took the win over the Lions of Frank Hughes, but then were soundly defeated at Perry County. The Lady Cats now are 7 – 2 on the year, with the ‘Cats having a 5 – 4 record. A busy week ahead sees the teams host Mt. Pleasant on Monday, Clarksburg on Tuesday, and Decatur County on Friday. The Lady Cats will participate in the Times Daily Tourney on Saturday night, going to Rogersville, AL, to take on Muscle Shoals at 7:30 p.m

Against the Lady Lions, the Lady Cats raced out to a 20 – 0 lead in the first four minutes of action, forcing 10 Lady Lion turnovers. They led 30 – 6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cats cruised to a 79 – 34 win, with all the Lady Cats participating. Blair Baugus led the Lady Cats with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist. Cambree Camfield hit for 11 points on 3 of 3 shooting from long range and had a rebound, 2 steals, and an assist. Sophomore Isabel Luedeke came off the bench to also hit for 11 points. She had 2 boards and 2 steals.  Alexis Maghielse scored 9 points and had 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Michaela Gallian had 8 points with a rebound and a steal, while Jac Keaton and Savanna McClain each scored 6. Keaton had a rebound, a steal, and 3 assists, while McClain had 3 boards and 3 steals. Celia Powell scored 5 points and had a rebound, 3 steals, and an assist. Lauren Bryant had 4 points with 2 steals and 3 assists. Kenzie Griggs hit for 3 points, with a rebound, a steal, and 3 assists. Annie Lee and Emma Bryant each scored 2 points. Lee had a steal, while Bryant had a rebound, a steal, and 2 assists. The Lady cats hit for 70% from the field and forced 26 turnovers.

The Wildcats took a slim 12 – 9 lead after one quarter of action against the Lions of Frank Hughes and led 22 – 18 at the half. At the 5:04 mark of the third, the Lions nailed a 3 pointer to tie the game at 24 all. The Wildcats pulled away to lead 37 – 28 by the end of the quarter, and took the win by a 13 point margin, 53 – 40.      

Three Wildcats hit for double figures with Tyler Moser scoring 19, Ethan Camfield 11, and Cooper Shamer had 10. Moser had 13 rebounds and an assist, while Camfield had 2 boards and 2 steals. Shamer added 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Justice Bell scored 6 points and had 5 boards and 2 assists. Eli McClain had 3 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals, and Jesse Dixon and Sayler Skelton each scored 2 points. Dixon had 2 rebounds and 2 steals, and Skelton had 3 boards and a block. Ryder Butler had a rebound. The ‘Cats forced 19 Lion turnovers and saw them hit only 4 of 23 free throw attempts for 17%.

#23 Justice Bell pressures the ball against Frank Hughes.

At Perry County on Friday night, the Lady Cats again turned up the defensive pressure early, scoring 18 points off the Lady Viking turnovers. They led, 20 – 12, at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 37 – 14 by the end of the first half. They went on to take the win by the final score of 67 – 35.

#14 Alexis Maghielse grabs the rebound at Perry County.

Lauren Bryant led the scoring with 14 points, including hitting 4 three-point goals. She had 2 steals and an assist.  Jac Keaton also scored in double figures with 11 points. She had 5 rebounds, a block, 3 steals, and 3 assists.  Cambree Camfield and Blair Baugus each scored 7 points. Baugus had 9 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist, while Camfield had 2 boards, 2 steals, and an assist. Michaela Gallian had 6 points with a rebound and a steal, while Kenzie Griggs hit for 5 points with 2 steals. Emma Bryant, Annie Lee, and Isabel Luedeke each scored 2 points. Bryant had an assist, and Lee had a rebound and 3 assists. Alexis Maghielse had 3 rebounds and an assist.  The Lady Cats hit 7 of 14 three-point goals and won the rebounding battle, 30 – 21.

#12 Blair Baugus with one of her six blocks at Perry County.

The Wildcats got off to a slow start against the Vikings, trailing by double-digits, 23 – 13, at the end for the first period. The margin increased to 47 – 23 by the half. They fell hard, 83 – 36, to the Vikings. Tyler Moser had a big game for the Wildcats with 25 of their 36 points. He had 8 rebounds. Jesse Dixon scored 3 points, and Ryder Butler, Avery Wilson, Eli McClain, and Austin Whitson each scored 2 points. Dixon had 2 rebounds, while Butler had 4, with a steal. Wilson had a rebound and a steal, and McClain had a steal. Justice Bell had a rebound and a block, and Ethan Camfield had a rebound, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Cayson Castleman, Sayler Skelton, Avery Wilson, Preston Stegall, and Cooper Shamer each  had a rebound. Stegall had 2 blocks. The ‘Cats were 0 for 13 from long range and had 20 turnovers. 

Come out Friday night as the teams host Decatur/Riverside. The Ladycats will be celebrating a “Night of Champions,” honoring the State Championship teams of 2001 and 2011. Game time is 6:00 p.m. “GO WILDCATS AND LADY CATS!”