Ladycats take conference game early against Lady Panthers
The Wild Rose Ladycats wanted to end the regular girls’ basketball season on a high note, and they did so with a convincing 71-20 romp over the Pittsville Lady Panthers on Feb. 20.
“The seniors took the conference game early,” said Wild Rose Head Coach Brett Brooks. “They played hard, and it took the unity of everyone. Anna Caswell led with her teammate assisting. Rachael Strey had 13 points, and had to work hard for them. The veteran team played with a lot of confidence, finished the season in the right way, and became the conference champs with a 12-0 record. We have to start over on Tuesday, Feb. 25 with the tournament.”
The Ladycats started out with Caswell easily taking charge, putting up 6 points and Candice Milne 2 for an early 8-0 lead. The Lady Panthers didn’t get on the board until the 14:55 mark with 2 points. Caswell added 7 more points, including a 3-point shot for a 15-2 Wild Rose lead before Strey got in a free throw, and Laney Havlovitz 2 for an 18-2 lead. Caswell added 4 points to her continuous tally to stretch the lead to 22-2 before Pittsville scored again, 22-4.
Momentous kept going throughout the first half as Strey added to her efforts for a 26-4 margin. There was no stopping Caswell, who scored seven more times, including a 3 for a whopping 31 points in the half. The Ladycats lead was 39-4 before the visitors could score again with 3:45 remaining in the half. With the addition of 3 more points from Havlovitz and 2 each from Milne and Orria Wood, Wild Rose possessed a 47-10 lead by halftime.
Wild Rose was so fired up by the time the second half started that the Ladycats knew not as much scoring was needed by them as long as the Lady Panthers weren’t allowed to make a major comeback. Strey put up 4 points easily before the visitors could score, 51-12. Torrance Marquez then sank two buckets for a 55-12 Wild Rose lead before Redmond handled 2 free throws for Pittsville, making it 55-14.
Dalene Sherburn aided Wild Rose with a 3-point shot as the hosts strived to hold onto a major lead, 59-17. As time wore on each Ladycat saw playing time, with 7 ball players scoring in the second half. Strey came up with 4 more points, and Caswell 5 in the half, as contributions came from three other players, including 2 free throws from Gracie Thompson late in the game as the margin continued to increase.
Nine players contributed to Wild Rose’s scoring, with Caswell leading with 36 points, going 4-5 at the free throw line, and hitting two 3-pointers. Strey was the only other player in double figures with 13 points. Havlovitz was 3-4 at the free throw line, while Dalene Sherburn hit a 3-point shot.
The hosts were 12-20 from the free throw line, while committing just 10 fouls and sinking three 3-point shots.