Wildcats News · Wildcats lose to St. Louis Park

The Wildcats lost to a very tall, physical, and talented St. Louis Park squad in the community clash on Saturday, 58-86. St. Louis park presents a tough challenge that we didn’t step up to meet – they are very large and physical in their diamond and 1 press, and we didn’t deal with it all that well, turning the ball over too many times. We’ve got to put our players in better position to deal with that kind of pressure, and we couldn’t seem to find the ability to make them pay for pressing – even when we broke it successfully, it took too much energy and we didn’t attack the rim like we could’ve, so that’s something we’ve got to get better at in the next week, as we face a couple of teams that press in both big conference and section matchups. It was a frustrating shooting night as well, and we just couldn’t get it going.
Defensively, we struggled to keep our girls in front of us on the somewhat slippery floor out there (our players hit the floor on many occasions trying to stop and zig zag), so I should’ve had them adjust at an earlier mark, adapting the way we play to contain their penetration. Still, we let them push us around a bit too much, and we’ve got to be more physical on the defensive end, no matter who we’re going against.
As per usual, stats are still being tabulated other than scoring; however, scoring-wise, Tess Johnson lead with 15, Jayda Lenz, Natalie Meath, and Allie Zimmer both had 8, and we had a committee with a combination of 3, 2, and 1 points as well. Shoutout to Kiley Sazama, who hit her first varsity 3 of the year!
JV won their matchup with SLP in a pretty darn solid display of basketball. They drove under control, hit the open player for shots continually, handled the SLP zone and pressure, and played tough defense down the stretch. It was great to see, and this team is really making progress together as they develop team chemistry down the stretch of the season!
B lost to a combination of Chaska teams, but hung on down the stretch, competing all game long. We missed Nora’s physicality in this one, so we’re excited to see her back again soon. We had lots of open shots and free throws, but couldn’t connect on as many as we needed to to get it done down the stretch. Morgan Meyer dominated the action with 23.
9th grade competed very well against a solid Becker team, holding the lead until the final stretch, but eventually succombed to their pressure, partially due to foul trouble. I’ll update with stats once coach D is done traveling!