In a long day for the Wildcats, both literally and sometimes figuratively we emerged victorious over tough Mounds View teams.
JV won 50-43. It was a really physical battle, and Morgan, Hallie, and Kiley had 11, 11, and 10 respectively. The JV had to up their defensive game and attack a very physical team while on offense, so it really was a credit to our toughness and shooting to emerge victorious. JV plays for the ‘ship tomorrow against a very big Wayzata team, but gosh darn it, we’re pretty good too! Let’s gggggggggoooooooooooooooooo!!!
Varsity engaged in a back-and-forth contest pretty much from start to finish, with both teams making mini-runs and then the other team answering throughout the game. #22 for Mounds view was a game-changer with her length and inside tough, netting 26 points and what must have been 7 blocks and who knows how many altered shots inside. At one point, Mounds view hit a couple of 3’s back to back and then made an and-1 to go up 5, and at that point, I was thinking about what type of team we are: when things get tough, will we fold? Or will we battle back. We came out with pressure, got a 3 from Olson of a nice dish, got a team-steal through pressure and passing lanes, got a layup, and within .45-1:00 had a 1-point lead, which is how it would go back and forth throughout the rest of the game until the end, when we pulled away through a bucket, a steal by Johnson for a layup, and free throws. We kept attacking throughout the end of the game, and that helped to create some separation for the final score of 66-58. We had even scoring throughout the evening, which has been a consistent strength for our squad throughout the year, getting timely contributions from sometimes different players in our rotation each night. As long as we stay unselfish, move the ball better than we have so far this year, and try to play FOR each other, FOR bringing out each others’ strengths, we can be great. Will we do it, and embody those qualities of being truly unselfish team players? That’s what we’re working on every day that we’re together.
Meath 4 Johnson 12 Olson 12 Swanson 4 Zimmer 10 Salzer 12 Stier 10 Dykstra 2. To have 5 different players in double figures, some starters, some off the bench, us SUCH a luxury, and we’re the envy of many of the opposing coaches I talk to because of it, but it will only work if we collectively buy in fully to the mindset of supporting each other through it all, and that’s what our goal is every time we come together as a team!
Tomorrow is the championship game at 7:15 PM against #2 AAAA Wayzata – we’ve got another chance to compete against the best!