Wildcats Basketball at Home Versus Princeton on Friday Game Day
The Wildcats’ basketball team, now ranked #7 in Class 5A, starts a new calendar year of competition with a home game on this game day Friday (January 4). The Wildcats play host to a good Princeton Panther team. There will be a freshman game at 5 p.m., a JV contest at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity game set to begin at 7:30 p.m. This will be the Wildcats final non-district game before district play gets underway next Friday at home against Greenville. Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said Princeton has a record of either 13-2 or 13-3 so they have had some success. He called them athletic and he said they remind him of Lake Highlands, a team that defeated the Wildcats earlier this season. The Wildcats enter the Princeton contest with a season record of 13-8. Five of the eight losses came against teams ranked in the top 25 in Class 6A. The Wildcats have not played in almost a week. They completed play in the 2018 Whataburger Tournament last Saturday morning with a close loss to Little Rock Parkview. The Wildcats enter play Friday on a two game losing streak. The Wildcats and Princeton basketball game Friday night will be broadcast live on KSST Radio with live video streaming available at ksstradio.com. The game will also be videotaped for replay at a later date on Channel 18 on Suddenlink Cable.
Lady Cats Basketball Opens District Play At Highly Ranked Royse City
The Lady Cats’ basketball team opens district play on game day Friday (January 4) against the toughest of opponents. The Lady Cats face the Lady Bulldogs of Royse City at Royse City. The Lady Bulldogs have a sterling record of 22-2 and in new rankings this week they are #6 in Class 5A according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches . There will be a JV contest at 5 p.m. Friday with the varsity game set to start at 6:15 p.m. Lady Cats Coach Brittney Tisdell said she believes Royse City will be the Lady Cats’ toughest competition in the district. She acknowledged that some people believe that Texas High might provide the hardest district competition but she said the Lady Bulldogs have played some great schools and have stepped u and have done great things. Coach Tisdell said Royse City would provide a true test for the Lady Cats to show what they can do. The Lady Cats have had a wonderful season so far and they are 18-3 overall. They are coming off of a tournament championship win last weekend at the Idabel, Oklahoma Winter Classic. The Lady Cats last played last Saturday night as they defeated Hugo, Oklahoma to win the Idabel tournament. The Lady Cats enter play at Royse City Friday on an 8-game winning streak. There last loss was to Edgewood in the Edgewood tournament back on December 7.