Wildcats News · Wildcats get big section win vs. Worthington

Worthington made the long drive to Waconia for a big section matchup, but the Wildcats came out with the win, 79-65. We once again had a fairly solid first half, especially scoring the ball, but lacked the defensive discipline at times to really put away a Worthington squad of good shooters. When we have discipline, keep our girl in front of us, and don’t “whiff” on passing lanes, we can be very solid defensively! We just have to pick our spots better, gamble a little less, and trust our teammates to pick us up when we fall! We have yet to put together two really focused and good halves of basketball, but time is running short! So, we’ve got to redouble our efforts in practice, get after each other, and protect the ball at all costs!
Stats are being tabulated as we speak. However, scoring-wise, we had another fairly balanced effort, which is what makes us a good team! When we buy into making the extra pass, looking for each other, and driving under control, we really can get things done, and for almost the whole first half, we were making those plays, and it showed, with us scoring 47! We also talk about giving our teammates the benefit of the doubt, and communicating with them – if someone DOES miss us on a particular play, we assume they are looking for us, communicate where we were on the floor in that particular situation, and give them credit when they do hit us! Telling ourselves the right story at all times is so essential, and creates an environment where teammates know for a fact that others have GOT THEIR BACKS! When we do that, we are excellent.
Scoring: Audrey Swanson had a really scrappy 17, with big ones down the stretch. Ava Stier had 12, Mel Honnold had 11 in another good shooting night; Addy Salzer had 10 (some really big, clutch shots down the stretch helped solidify the win), Tess Johnson had 9, Jayda Lenz and Sydney Olson each had 6, Allie Zimmer and Natalie Meath each had 4 (Sauce hit a really big one down the stretch as well). Rebounding, assists, etc. will follow.
The JV won 58-49 in a very solid showing in the 2nd half. “Good-ish play all around,” coach Westphal said, especially closing out on 3-point shooters. The clock-it drill is paying off as well, as we managed the end of the game well. Hallie Roitenberg had 21, Morgan Meyer had 12, and Kiley Sazama had 10.
The 9th grade squadron won 37-26. Myriad steals helped them advance, and Clara “Narn” Smith had 9 points, as did Amber ” Slinger Squared” Brueggemeier. It’s fun to watch the 9th grade rock the retro unis as well the last couple of games!