The Lady Cats’ basketball team swept their way through pool play in an Edgewood tournament Thursday (December 7) defeating Kaufman, 69-28 and Quitman, 75-18.
Against Kaufman, the Lady Cats started slowly but still managed to have a 13-11 lead after one quarter. Then the Lady Cats began a trend of putting together a scoring run to open each of the last three quarters. The Lady Cats scored 12 unanswered points to start the second quarter and went on to outscore Kaufman in the quarter 19-6 to take a 32-17 halftime lead. Coming out of half time, the Lady Cats scored 11 unanswered points to start the third quarter. They outscored Kaufman in the third quarter 24-6 and the Lady Cats lead was 56-23 after three quarters. To top things off the Lady Cats also scored the first 8 points in the fourth quarter. Sadavia Porter led the Lady Cats with 22 points. Kaylee Jefferson poured in 19 points including a pair of three-pointers. Autumn Tanton added 13 points. Imani Taylor came off the bench and scored 8 points. Danielle Godbolt and Tareyla Kelley each had 3 points. Godbolt hit a three pointer. Jamia Hall added 1 point. The Lady Cats shot 49% from the field. They also hit 20 of 30 free throws for 67%. Tanton and Kelley each grabbed 6 rebounds. The Lady Cats came up with 25 steals against Kaufman.
Against Quitman, the defensive intensity seemed to increase even more. At one point early in the game, the Lady Cats held only a 6-2 lead and they were having a very hard time hitting their shots. Coach Chapman then told the Lady Cats to put on the press and the game immediately changed. By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Cats led 20-2. The halftime lead was 41-10. After three quarters the Lady Cats were up, 62-12, Porter again led the Lady Cats with 24 points. Taylor had one of her finest games as a Lady Cat with 14 points off the bench including a three pointer. Jefferson and Tanton both scored 12 points. Te’Arria Rose and Godbolt had 5 points each and each of them hit a three point shot. Hall scored 2 and Kelley added 1 point. The intense Lady Cats trapping defense produced a whopping 42 steals. Jefferson grabbed 9 rebounds and Tanton added 6.
The Lady Cats, ranked #12 in the state, improved their season record to 9-2. The Lady Cats now play a quarterfinal game in the tournament Friday at around 10:40 a.m. Games started well ahead of scheduled times on Thursday. The two Lady Cats games began 20 to 30 minutes ahead of schedule, so be advised. The Lady Cats will play the second seed in pool C Friday morning, either Campbell, Tenaha or Scurry-Rosser.