Lady Cats gain experience through tournament


Makayla Mais

Junior Hannah Chapman dribbles down the court in a game against Conway during the Warsaw Tournament. The Lady Cats defeated the Lady Bears 64-50 as their second win of the season.

  The Warsaw Tournament came and went again, and the Lady Cats almost took the consolation match this year.

  The girls started off the tournament with a loss against against Butler 73-36 and then a win against Conway 64-50, sending them to the consolation match against El Dorado where they lost 37-39.

  Despite this loss, the girls are not letting it get them down, and are pushing forward through the season.

  “The team’s performance in the Warsaw Tourney showed me the true strengths we have as a team and also opened up our bench and showed us we have many more that can play at the varsity level such as Aubrie McRoberts and Rayni Simons,” senior Sam Thompson said.

  The girls barely lost the consolation match, losing the lead in the final seconds of the game and it has now shown them what it takes to compete in close games.

  “I think the girls learned that you can never give up and the whole game matters, not just the ending minutes and seconds,” assistant coach Alison Durst said.

  Sophomore Jordan Plybon said these experiences will affect her for the rest of the season.

  “These experiences are going to affect me throughout the rest of the season in ways that count. I’ll let the losses go, have next game mentality and always know that we are capable of winning,” Plybon said.

  Head Coach Cody Morgan also agrees with Plybon and thinks they will let these losses go.

 “We learn and we grow. These girls are tough people, they will not let one loss define their season,” said Morgan.

  The girls lost to Skyline 71-16 on Dec. 9 and also lost against Buffalo on Dec. 5, 55-39.

  The girls will play Pilot Grove at Sedalia on friday December 16 and then play their first game of second semester at home against Clinton on January 16.