Wildcats News · Varsity gets 2nd win vs. AAAA Lakeville South, and Tess Johnson gets 1000th point; JV falls in a tight one

Our Varsity Wildcats weren’t satisfied with just one win at the Pat Patterson tournament at Hamline this weekend, and prevailed once again against large-school competition by beating Lakeville South 62-50. Lakeville South is big, has good shooters, and plays physical defense, so to get this win was very big for our team. We did it by, just like yesterdays win over Roseville, crashing the offensive boards, attacking the rim, and getting stops on defense so we could push the pace. We are priding ourselves this year on our depth and balance on both offense and defense, and it worked to our favor because we were able to keep coming and coming at their defense in transition, attacking the rim. Still, they hung tough and hit some shots down the stretch, but in the last 3 minutes we ended the game on an 11-1 run by getting out and running down the stretch. Big contributions were made by many different players (stats still pending on rebounds and steals, etc. – no wifi at Hamline!), especially when you look at our scoring – Tess Johnson and Allie Zimmer both with 10, Ava Stier and Natalie Meath with 9, Jayda Lenz and Audrey Swanson with 8, etc. This is what will make us a good team – a true team effort and balance in scoring, rebounding, and defense.

Tess Johnson got her 1000th point today (congratulations to her – she’s been a 4-year starter, and has meant the world to our teams throughout those years – she is now 7th in the all-time scoring list, surpassing Cyndi Buetow from 1986-1990 who had 1000 points even!) as well, and got it at a big moment, completing an And-1 opportunity down the stretch that helped to open up the game, along with a timely 3 by Salzer, and another good bucket by Dykstra (props to her battling through very physical play the last two days); a great push in transition from Salzer to Swanson was huge; a circus layup by Johnson was spectacular – we had a bunch of players making plays and contributing in myriad ways – this was another great team win. We are now 2-2 on the season, and face Bloomington Jefferson this coming Thursday.

The JV Wildcats jumped out to an early lead against Lakeville South early in the game, but couldn’t sustain the momentum or come up with that one last run to seal the deal, losing 38-43 against a tough, poised, pressuring Lakeville South JV team (many of which we saw in the varsity game as well). We had chances down the stretch, but didn’t execute the late-game scenarios quite to our liking, according to coach Westphal. Balanced scoring throughout – Hailey Williams with 9, Hallie Roitenberg with 7, Sizzle and Olga (Kiley Sazema and Lauren Hansen) both with 5 on the day. JV will also have a game vs. Bloomington Jefferson – no B-level game that day, however.