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WCHS Ladycats Down Decatur/Riverside

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   Returning after the holiday break, the WCHS basketball teams resumed action on Thursday night in a make-up contest with Decatur/Riverside. The games, previously scheduled on December 16, were cancelled because of stormy weather. The Ladycats took a win over the Lady Panthers, but the Wildcats lost their contest. On Friday night, the teams hosted Lewis County.  They lost both games. Action will continue at home on Tuesday as they host Frank Hughes. On Friday night, Summertown comes to town. Tuesday, January 14, Collinwood is next, continuing a six game home streak.

   The Wildcats fell behind early in the contest with the Panthers of Decatur/Riverside. They managed only 4 points in each of the first two quarters of action to trail, 22 – 8, at the half. In the third, they fought back to cut the margin to 5, 30 – 25, with a minute left in the third quarter. The ‘Cats outscored Decatur 18 – 10 in the third. The Panthers then pumped up the defensive, holding the Wildcats to 4 on the fourth to make the final score 44 – 30.

   Tyler Moser led the ‘Cats with 10 points. He had 8 rebounds and a steal. Clay Baugus scored 9 points and had 2 rebounds, 4 steals, and an assist. Adam Goss added 4 points, with a steal, and Wyatt Kelley put in 4 points and had 4 boards and a steal. Austin Whitson scored 3 points and had a rebound. Ethan Camfield and Gaynes Keaton each had a rebound, and Eli McClain had 2 rebounds and a steal. The Wildcats were 1 of 11 from long range and shot 26.8% from the field.  They were out rebounded 27 – 19.

   The Ladycats took a slim 15 – 13 first quarter lead against the Lady Panthers, behind 11 first quarter points by Michaela Gallian. The Ladycats pushed the lead to 34 – 26 by the half as Kelley Baugus scored 11 points in the second quarter, and Henley Floyd and Savanna McClain each added a three-pointer. The Ladycats upped the defensive pressure in the the second half, holding Decatur/Riverside to only 5 points in the third and 9 in the fourth, and went on to take the win, 66 – 40.

   Gallian finished the game with 21 points, including shooting 10 of 12 from the field. Kelley Baugus and Cambree Camfield also finished in double figures with 17 and 10 points respectively. Gallian had 6 rebounds, a block, 2 steals, and an assist, while Baugus had 2 boards, 4 steals, and 9 assists. Camfield had 3 rebounds and an assist. Lexie Lee and Savanna McClain each had 5 points. McClain had 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists, and Lee had 2 boards. Sallie Bundrant and Henley Floyd each finished with a three-pointer. Bundrant had 2 rebounds, while Floyd had a steal and an assist. Kelsey Carroll had 2 points, Lauren Bryant had a rebound with 2 assists, and Charli Woodside had a rebound. The Ladycats shot 56% from the field and won the rebounding battle.

   Things didn’t go as well for the Ladycats on Friday night as they hosted the Lewis County Lady Panthers. The Ladycats fell behind 12 – 9 after the first quarter of action, but fought back in the second quarter to take a 23 – 21 halftime lead. The game was tied at 36 all at the end of the third. A steal by Lauren Bryant and a dish to Cambree Camfield for a lay-up with 1:34 left gave the Ladycats a 45 – 42 lead. Lewis County made 2 free throws to cut the margin to one, 45 – 44.  The Ladycats were unable to take care of the ball and fouled the Lady Panthers again with 18 seconds left. Lewis County hit the 1 & 1 free throw attempts to take the lead 46 – 45. A Ladycat turnover with 10.9 seconds left gave Lewis County the ball. They missed two free throws, but got the offensive rebound and hit two more free throws to go up 48 – 45 with three seconds left.  The Ladycats didn’t get a shot off so they fell 48 – 45.

   Michaela Gallian and Lauren Bryant led the Ladycats in scoring with 18 and 17 points respectively. Gallian had 6 rebounds, a block, 2 steals, and an assist and went 8 of 10 from the foul line, while Bryant hit 6 of 9 from the field, and had 2 rebounds, a steal, and 2 assists. Kelley Baugus had 6 points with 4 rebounds, a steal, and 3 assists, and Savanna McClain and Cambree Camfield each had 2 points. McClain had 5 rebounds with a steal and an assist, and Camfield had a rebound and a steal. Henley Floyd had 2 rebounds with a steal and an assist. The Ladycats were 0 – 8 from long range and shot only 32%. They got beat on the boards, 30 – 20.

   The Wildcats matched points in the first quarter with the Panthers Friday night, seeing the score tied at 8 at the end of the period. The ‘Cats couldn’t score in the second, managing only 3 points to fall behind 20 – 11 by halftime. In the third, the ‘Cats fought back, cutting the margin to 6, but fell by the final score of 37 – 23.

   Clay Baugus scored 10 points and had 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. Adam Goss added 5 points with 5 rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Ethan Camfield had 3 points with a rebound and a steal, and Cade Crews and Wyatt Kelley each had a basket. Crews had 4 rebounds and an assist, while Kelley had 3 boards with a steal. Tyler Moser scored one point and had 8 rebounds and 2 steals before leaving the game with an injury. Austin Whitson and Braxton Butler each had a rebound, and Butler had a steal. The Wildcats shot 23% from the field and were only 1 of 12 from long range. They had 22 turnovers.

   The Ladycats now stand at 8 – 3 on the year, while the Wildcats are now 3 – 9. Come out and support the teams as they take on their district schedule. Game time is 6:00 p.m. “GOOD LUCK ‘CATS AND LADYCATS!”—-Submitted

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