Maintaining a solid lead through three quarters, the Lady Cats were able to emerge victorious against Mark Twain 50-40 on Wednesday.
“Mark Twain has been playing better of late,” head coach Bryan Keim noted. “We knew going in that it would be tough.”
The opposing team turned out to be a fairly good match against Bowling Green’s Lady Cats, making this contest a true battle of skill and wit.
“They match up pretty well with us with their size down low,” the coach added. “They make it really tough for us to score at the rim so we had to rely on our outside shots, and we shot the ball well enough to win.”
With the help of Tori Nichols, who scored 17 points, Bowling Green’s girls kept Mark Twain at bay all four quarters.
The Lady Bobcats broke away early after their 18-point second quarter, running up a 30-21 lead to by halftime.
Nichols wasted no time putting points up, scoring eight in the first period. Also sinking points were Kaycee Sutton, who made nine points, eight rebounds, and one steal, Harli Lindsay, who added seven points, five rebounds, and one steal, Tara Schuckenbrock with seven points and eight rebounds, Destiny Lindsay, adding six points, five rebounds, and one steal, and Breanna Bixby, who tacked on four points, one rebound, and four steals.
The Lady Cats finished the bout with 32 total rebounds and 10 steals.
“We have to continue to learn how to close out games. We were up double-digits in the fourth quarter and let them make a run to cut within six or seven points, but we found a way to get stops late to pick up the win,” Keim said. “It was another great learning experience for us…”
Finalizing this victory advanced the Lady Cats to the championship round Saturday night.