Bearcat girls pick up three straight wins
The Webster Area Bearcat girls who have had a hard time on the hard court this season turned things around this week picking up three wins downing Leola-Frederick in front of a home crowd Feb. 15 and again for parents night stripping the stripes off the Groton Tigers Feb. 18 before ending the week Feb. 20 downing Tiospa Zina.
It may not have been the most high scoring game, but it was enough for the Lady Bearcats to pick up the 36-30 win over the Leola-Frederick Titans. The Cats had an 11-2 lead after one and 19-9 at the break. The Bearcats continued with their lead 31-20 after three quarters of play. As the Bearcats went to their bench in the fourth the Titans were able to outshot the Cats 10-5.
Coach Charles Hruby said, “We survived some timely turnovers by playing solid defense. Limiting our mistakes and finding a way to put the ball in the hole is our focus each and every game. We are getting chances to score within our offense and secondary break but sometimes the ball just doesn’t drop and that has been a constant for us most of the season.”
The Cats were led by Cara Shoemaker and Alivia Baumgarn with 10 points apiece and Paige Snell netted eight points. Webster was 10 of 40 from two point range and two of nine on three point shots for 22 percent. The locals were 10 of 18 at the stripe for 56 percent.
Leola-Frederick connected on 10 of 34 twos for 29 percent and three of 15 for 20 percent while sinking just one of four at the line. The advantage on rebounds went to the Titans with a 36-34 advantage.
Hruby said, “We rebounded well but still lost the battle of the boards and that lets a team stay close by taking chances away from us or gives them extra chances on offense.” Webster was led by Baumgarn with eight rebounds while Paige and Abby Snell had six rebounds apiece.
Webster had 16 turnovers compared to the Titans who had 21 miscues on the night. The Cats also had a 12 to seven steal advantage over the visitors.
Coach Hruby added, “Looking ahead, we must continue to execute, play sound defense and win the battle of the boards and keep the turnovers low and hopefully we can snag a few more wins.”
The Bearcat girls notched another win in overtime as they defeated Groton 55-53 on Feb. 18 as the two young clubs battled it out on the hard court. At the end of one both were tied 14 apiece and Webster took a six point lead going into the locker rooms 28-22. The Tigers must have gotten a talking to as they came out roaring in the third stanza and tipped the score in their favor 32-35. The Cats scratched their way back and with a two pointer by Paige Snell to tie it 41-all. The Cats would sit at that mark for awhile and watch the Tigers take multiple trips to the line to be back on top 47-41. After the Cats broke the ice and got off the 41 with a charity toss Cara Shoemaker hit a three to bring them back within three . The Tigers continued their trip to the line only managing one and with 16 seconds remaining in the game Alivia Baumgarn who is known for her underneath game drilled a three pointer to bring the locals within one 48-49. Another trip to the line for the Tigers managed just one when Abby Snell received the underneath pass and put it in to tie the game at 50-all and four seconds left in regular play.
While the Tigers could not make anything happen in the four clicks it went to an extra four minutes of play. It was not looking good as Groton drained a three pointer but the Cats kept their cool and connected for a pair of twos and charity toss to make it 55-53 at the buzzer.
Webster hit 18 of 40 regular field goals for 45 percent and a third of 15 three point attempts. The Cats only made four of 14 at the line. Groton hit 15 of 39 two pointers and four of 10 threes while going to the line for 20 attempts and sinking 11.
The Bearcats were led by Shoemaker with 21 points, Baumgarn 14, Paige Snell with nine and Abby Snell with seven while Jaiden Bauer and Morgan Jager each hit a two point field goal.
Both ball clubs stats showed nine turnovers apiece and the Tiger’s edging out Webster on the boards by one, 25 to 24. Baumgarn hauled in eight rebounds, Jager five and Shoemaker four.
Webster’s JV team beat the Tigers 45-25.
Win over TZ
With regions right around the corner any coach would hope their team would be playing strong and ready and this week the Webster girls showed they can do just that as they picked up their third win in a row downing Tiospa Zina 54-30 on their court.
The Cats controlled all the quarter stops opening the first with a 12-8 lead and went into the locker room up 32-15, cruised into the third 47-19 on the way to win.
Webster hit 15 of 51 two pointers for 29 percent and three of six threes. The locals went to the line for 24 attempts, sinking 15 for 63 percent. The Bearcats were led by Paige Snell with 12 points and Abby Snell hit 10. Kayla Fischer was a point short of double digits with nine points.
The Wambdi sank 10 of 26 two pointers for 39 percent and just two of 16 threes for 13 percent. They had 13 attempts at the line and connected for four for 31 percent. Omariya Bernard paced her club with 16 points.
The Cats came up big on the boards with a 30 to 19 rebound advantage. Alivia Baumgarn came down with five and Fischer four while the team spread the remainders around. The Cats had 14 turnovers in the contest to the Wambdi with 19.
It was all going Webster’s way with 15 steals compared to the hosts with nine. Leading on the steal front were Fischer and Jager with three each.
The girls round out regular season play as they travel to Redfield Feb. 25 with Region 1A beginning March 2. The Cats are currently fifth seed with a 4-14 record with the Redfield contest still to play.
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