Lady Cats 42, North Lamar 29
The Lady Cats’ basketball team won one the ugly way Tuesday night as the Lady Cats topped North Lamar, 42-29 in Wildcats Gym. That was the assessment of Lady Cats Coach Jeff Chapman who said the ball didn’t bounce the Lady Cats way a lot of the time Tuesday. Sadavia Porter used her speed to score several goals on breakaway layups an led the Lady Cats with 11 points. Porter also had 6 deflections and 5 steals. Tori Moore and Daieyshia Pruitt added 7 points each. Moore also had 5 steals. Kaylee Jefferson led the Lady Cats with 6 rebounds. The Lady Cats managed only 2 of 14 from three-point range but hit 40 percent of their two-point shots thanks in part to Porter’s high percentage layups. The Lady Cats did manage to outscore the rusty Pantherettes in every quarter. The Pantherettes have had just a few practices since the end of their volleyball season. The Lady Cats are now 2-1 for the season. They will travel to Hugo, Oklahoma for a game Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Wildcats 74, Athens 59
Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said the Wildcats’ basketball team won 74-59 at Athens Tuesday night in a season opener before a hostile crowd in an atmosphere that reminded him of a district game. Coach Cipoletta said it was a sloppy game at times but he added the Wildcats made enough defensive stops to open up the final margin. He said his team did a good job in the win but made enough mistakes to give him plenty for them on work on. Tall sophomore Victor Iwuakor led the team with 18 points and returner senior K’Ontae Dunn scored 15 points. Freshman Michael Jefferson had 10 points. Juniors Bryson Lynn and Dedric Godbolt each hit three 3-point baskets and each scored 9 points. Sophomore Keaston Willis had 8 points. The 1-0 Wildcats play next at Lindale Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game pits Coach Cipoletta against his high school coach. Then the Wildcats will have their home opener next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against Wills Point.