Wildcats News · Wildcats sweep Buffalo at home

All 4 teams emerged with victories for a program-wide sweep on Friday vs. Buffalo. 9th grade was an intense game – 34-32 – that came down to the final play. While we missed many, many layups throughout, we toughed it out and made just enough plays to emerge with a victory that involved these final incidents: we got fouled intentionally with the ol’ offensive-line-style two-handed push; got trapped at halfcourt up 3 with the clock winding down; fouled a 3-point shot at the buzzer! AAAH! It was dicey, but sometimes the best teams must win ugly, which turned out to be a theme for the night. Bella Hoxie had 8 to lead the Wildcats.
“B” had similar struggles, but won 56-35. Couldn’t make layups! AAH! A better second half, coupled with stifling defense, helped secure the win. Lauren “Olga” Hansen had 20 with 4 3’s, and Nora “You Knor it!” Bailey had 13.
JV also won ugly, 33-23, with only 9 points on the board after one half of play. Again, weak takes at the basket, missed layups, and tentativeness caused a lackluster first half. After that, just enough plays were made to win down the stretch. Hailey Williams had 9, Hallie Roitenberg had 8, Kiley Sazema and Mackenzie Amundson both had 6.
Varsity – you guessed it! – had to win ugly as well, 69-47. We struggled to make the simple plays throughout the night – we were looking at the right spots, but either throwing passes at 90 mph or 2.75 mph, which caused way too many turnovers throughout most of the first half. However, we made enough shots to get us through with a lead at the half. In the second half, a good run was made by stringing together multiple steals and rebounds and running the floor well to open up some breathing room. We were looking to share the ball with each other, and it showed by having 11 different Wildcats score throughout the game – Mel Honnold lead with 13, hitting a couple 3’s, 1 miracle layup and-1 while falling face first on the ground(!!!), and 1 jump-ball layup, which may be the most skillful shot of all. Tess Johnson had 9, Addy Salzer and Sydney Olson both had 7, Ava Stier had 6, Natalie Meath had 5, Jayda Lenz and Dani Dykstra had 4, Allie Zimmer had 3, and Hallie Roitenberg had 2. Again, depth powers our team, sharing the ball powers our team, and as long as we keep trusting each other, sharing the ball, and creating for each other we can keep teams on their toes. If they take away one or two players’ tendencies, we have others that are capable of stepping up and helping the team win. Stats for rebounding, steals, and assists are still processing as we speak – more to come later!