Wildcats Basketball Hosts Texas High
The #8 ranked Wildcats’ basketball team should face a good test in district play Friday night (January 5) as Texas High comes to town. The Wildcats are 2-0 in district play and 19-3 for the season. Wildcats Coach Clark Cipoletta said the Tigers are a very good team. He said they defeated Marshall by 25 points. Coach Cipoletta said Texas High is athletic and has the size to match up with the Wildcats. He said they have players that are 6-foot-6 and 6-7. Coach Cipoletta said an emphasis for the Wildcats will be stopping the Tigers dribble penetration by their guards. He said they were not great shooters but he said they can get hot. Coach Cipoletta also said the Tigers like to use the full court press. However he noted that Marshall usually likes to press but he said they did not try to press the Wildcats. Coach Cipoletta said the Wildcats will be ready for the press or no press Friday night. There will be a freshman game at 5 p.m., a JV game at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. We will bring you Wildcats’ basketball Friday night on KSST Radio at around 7:30 p.m. We will also videotape the game for replay later on Channel 18 on Suddenlink Cable.
Lady Cats Basketball at Texas High
The #9 ranked Lady Cats’ basketball team has their work cut out for them Friday night (January 5) as they play Texas High on the road. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Cats at the Winnsboro Hoopfest, 46-38 back on December 1. In that one the Lady Cats actually led by 5 going into the fourth quarter before Texas High used a 19-6 scoring advantage to win by 8. The Lady Cats are 4-0 in district play and 18-3 for the season. After a win over Marshall Tuesdaynight, Lady Cats Coach Jeff Chapman was well aware what’s coming up for the Lady Cats. After Friday’s Texas High game, the Lady Cats have a bye next Tuesday and then they host Mount Pleasant Friday week. Coach Chapman said the Texas High Coach wants a Dallas referees chapter to do the Lady Cats and Lady Tigers game. He does not want to use the usual district officials from Paris, Commerce or Mount Pleasant chapters. Coach Chapman said the district race is wide open featuring the Lady Cats, Texas High and Mount Pleasant. He said the Lady Cats can’t get the big head from what they have done so far this season or in the past. Coach Chapman said the key is not the will to win but the will to prepare. He said if his team has the will to prepare more than their opponents, they have a good chance to come out on top. Coach Chapman said he is seeing more and more Lady Cats staying after practice to work on their games. The leaders in extra gym time are veterans Kaylee Jefferson, Sadavia Porter and Autumn Tanton. He sensed that they want to be a part of a possible district title three-peat. The Lady Cats have won the district championship the past two years.