Wild Rose Ladycats defeat Tri-Co. Lady Penguins 56-31
While the points were slow to come on Feb. 1 when Wild Rose played Tri-County, the Ladycats walked away the winners of the evening with a final score of 56-31 at Wild Rose High School.
“A typical rivalry game hard fought,” stated Wild Rose Head Coach Brett Brooks. “[The Lady Penguins] played hard, but didn’t handle the pressure we put on them. We were able to play a little lower and keep them out of the lane, which allowed for some separation. Our defense allowed us to score on transition, and we only had a few turnovers.”
Wild Rose had gotten off to a 9-0 lead before Tri-County got on the board, 9-2, with 13:00 to play in the first half. A couple scores later had the hosts up 12-4 with less than 11 minutes to play. A basket from Emilee Haag extended the lead, 14-4.
Quite some time later, Tri-County’s Haley Kramer cut into Wild Rose’s lead with three free throws, 14-7. Caswell did the majority of her first half scoring for Wild Rose, beginning with a basket and two free throws for an 18-7 Ladycat lead. Tegan Marquez made it 20-7 before the Lady Penguins scored again for a 20-9 score.
The half ended with two more scores from Caswell, making it 13 points in all for her in the half, including a three-point shot, for a 24-9 lead. Marquez added a three-point lead before Kenzy Reilley sank two of two free throw attempts for Tri-County with 1:24 remaining in the half.