The Wild Rose Ladycats found success in the earlier stages of the basketball season at Tri-County and Almond-Bancroft.
Wild Rose had an easy time of it in Plainfield on Dec. 22, taking Tri-County down 67-30.
The first half of action had 7 players scoring for Wild Rose, with Laney Havlovitz firing up for 14 points, including two 3-point shots. Orria Wood put up 8 points, Aryah Elm 6, and Emma Elm a 3-point shot as the visitors tallied 37 points, and only committed 4 fouls.
Tri-County had four scorers in the half, with M. Reiley handling 6 points and B. Parker 3, but the hosts found themselves trailing at halftime with 13 points and just 3 fouls.
The Ladycats didn’t score as much in the second half, but five players scored enough to secure a win. Havlovitz and A. Elm added 9 points each to their tallies, each nailing a 3-point shot. Wood added 6 points and Marissa Cartwright 4 as Wild Rose went on to win 67-30.
The Lady Penguins had three scorers in the half, with Reiley taking care of 9 points, and Parker 6 including 2 of 2 free throws, but Tri-County couldn’t gather enough to catch the visitors.
Eight Wild Rose players worked together to produce the win, with Laney Havlovitz gathering 23 points aided by the three 3-point shots. Aryah Elm gather 15 points including a 3-pointer, and Orria Wood 14 points. Emma Elm contributed a 3-pointer.
The visitors hit five 3-point goals, and committed 12 fouls.
Tri-County had four scorers in the game, with M. Reiley handling 15 points. B. Parker kicked in 9 points, hitting 3 of 6 free throws.
The hosts were just 4-15 from the free throw line, and committed just 8 fouls.
When Wild Rose traveled to Almond on Jan. 5, the Ladycats found themselves playing a buzzer beater with the Lady Eagles.
“We really had to work on the rebounds in the second half,” stated Wild Rose Head Coach Brett Brooks. “Aryah (Elm) hit a shot just before the buzzer to win the game. Orria (Wood) was key with steals, while Marissa (Cartwright) and Torrance (Marquez) were big on rebounds.”
The teams kept things close in the first half of play, with Almond-Bancroft possessing a 29-26 at the half. Seven Lady Eagles had gotten in on the scoring, with Lamb putting up 7 points with a 3-point shot included, while Lexi Dernbach put up 6. Chloee Dernbach added 5 points, including a 3-point shot, while Messina Meddaugh contributed 4 points, and Jillian Newby a 3. The hosts were charged with 6 fouls.
Five Ladycats kept Wild Rose in the game, with Laney Havlovitz gathering 9 points, going 2-4 at the free throw line, and sinking a 3-point shot. Marissa Cartwright got in 6 points as well as Torrance Marquez. Orria Wood contributed 3 points, and the visitors ended up being charged with 6 fouls.
Wild Rose had to work hard to keep ahead of Almond-Bancroft in the second half, for several free throw attempts fell empty. Seven Ladycats were involved in the scoring, with Havlovitz making her 12 points, including a 3-pointer, count Wood was just 1 point away with 11, including a 3-point shot, and Marquez added 4 points based on a 3.
Lamb kept the hosts going with 18 points, hitting 6 of 9 free throws. Lexi Dernbach added a 3-point goal and 2 of 2 free throws as the Lady Eagles were neck to neck with the Ladycats as time wounds down with a 57-57 tie.
Just as the clock was turning to 0, Aryah Elm put up a successful shot for Wild Rose to prevent an overtime period, thus, giving the nearby visitors a 59-57 victory.
Laney Havlovitz topped the seven Wild Roe scorers with 21 points, going 3-5 at the free throw line and hitting two 3-point shots. Orria Wood tallied 14 points, hitting a 3-point shot, and Torrance Marquez gathered 10 points, hitting a 3-point shot.
The Ladycats were just 7-20 at the free throw line, hit four 3-point goals, and committed 19 total fouls. Almond-Bancroft’s seven scorers were topped by Lamb’s 25 points, going 6-9 at the free throw line and hitting a 3-point shot. Lexi Dernbach gathered 11 points, going 2-2 at the free throw line, and hitting a 3-pointer. Chloee Dernbach and Jillian Newby each contributed a 3-point goal.
The Lady Eagles were 9-17 from the free throw line, hit four 3-point goals, and tallied 17 fouls.