As we get ready to ring in a new year, the Lady Cats’ basketball team will remember 2016 fondly. On the penultimate day of the old year, the Lady Cats captured their second tournament title of the season. The Lady Cats used their defense to defeat Canton, 50-29 in the title game of the Idabel, Oklahoma Warrior Winter Classic.
The Lady Cats led all night long: 15-9 after the first quarter, 26-14 at halftime and 33-20 after three quarters.
Kaylee Jefferson led the Lady Cats with 18 points and 14 rebounds, a big double double. Jefferson also had 2 blocks, 2 steals, 4 deflections and 1 assist. Jefferson was also named the tournament MVP. Tori Moore had 13 points including 3 three-pointers. Moore also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 deflections. Autumn Tanton added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Tanton was selected to the all-tournament team. Daieyshia Pruitt scored 6 points including 1 three-point basket. Pruitt also had 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assists. Sadavia Porter had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 3 steals, 7 deflections and a team high 8 assists. Destinee Weeks had 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal and 1 deflection. The Lady Cats had 12 steals and 15 deflections.
Amazingly the Lady Cats committed only 3 personal fouls in the game. The Lady Cats lost in the championship game at Idabel last year. The Lady Cats also captured the title at an Edgewood tournament December 8-10. Earlier in 2016, the Lady Cats won the district championship last season and won a bi-district game against Lindale after an unbelievable comeback.
The Lady Cats are now 17-3 this season. That record includes a 3-0 record in district games. The Lady Cats resume district play at Marshall next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.