Lady Cats continue to grow through the season


Jonathan Petesch

Senior Cierra Sawyers dribbles the ball in a game against Lincoln. The Lady Cats were defeated 67-59 by the Lady Cardinals.

 When the girls basketball team started this season, one goal was to grow as a team and as individuals. Now, around seventy percent through the season, the girls believe they are starting to meet those goals.

  “The team has grown by learning to work together with all of new additions to the team this year and click on the floor,” senior Sam Thompson said.

  In early January, the Lady Cats traveled to both the Tri-County Tournament and the Skyline Tournament. The girls took losses to California and Hallsville and a win against Versailles in the Tri-County Tournament. Then they took a loss to El Dorado followed by wins against Skyline and Halfway to win the consolation final.

  These tournaments caused them to have a game every other day and required them to put in more effort to keep up on homework, but they still got through it.

  “One tournament can be tiring enough, you play full games almost everyday and it fills up the week,” junior Hannah Chapman said. “I tried my best to stay on track by getting my homework done on the bus and the late games coming back I would try to catch up on sleep.”

   Though they were tired, they still played well, such as their win against Versailles of 46-41 during the Tri-County Tournament.

  “The back to back tournaments were kind of tiring, but my best game was played at 9 p.m. so it worked out,” Thompson said.

  The team has had some very close games and come very close to victory on many occasions such as JV’s loss to Clinton 31-30 and varsity’s loss to Hallsville 42-37 during the Tri-County Tournament.

  “This team is really close to figuring out how to stay in games and how to close them out for victories,” head coach Cody Morgan said.

  As of press time, the varsity girls record is currently 5-15 and JV is currently 4-6. They will have their next game at home against Eldon on Monday, Feb. 6.