Cipoletta on Wildcats Win at Marshall
Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta called Tuesday night’s 50-28 victory at Marshall an interesting game. It was a low scoring game and Coach Cipoletta said Marshall tried to take the Wildcats out of their element by holding the ball and trying to keep the score low. He said he was proud of the Wildcats for staying focused and for getting the job done. The Wildcats’ defense limited the Mavericks to only ten points after the first two quarters. Coach Cipoletta said holding a team to just an average of 5 points a quarter means you are having a lot of success. He said the Wildcats have emphasized defense all season long. Coach Cipoletta said it has made the Wildcats who they are and it has also been a big part of the success the Wildcats are having. He said they need to keep it up. The Wildcats have seen their first two district opponents slow down the game attempting to keep the score low. Coach Cipoletta said he was okay with that. He said that approach limits an opponents’ number of offensive possessions and he added the Wildcats are hard to score against. Coach Cipoletta said his team was versatile and could play either at a fast or slow pace. He said the team does a good job preparing for anything they might face. Coach Cipoletta liked the fact that the Wildcats got scoring from six different players Tuesday night. He said multiple players who can score make the Wildcats harder to guard. Coach Cipoletta was especially pleased to see Jeremiah Roland contribute coming off the bench. Roland scored 8 points. Coach Cipoletta said Roland came off the bench red hot and hit two three-point baskets. The Wildcats host Texas High in Wildcats Gym Friday night.
Chapman on Lady Cats Win Over Marshall
Coaches like it when a concept developed in practice is applied during a game. Lady Cats Basketball Coach Jeff Chapman was a happy coach Tuesday after the Lady Cats 71-27 win at home against Marshall. He said the Lady Cats have been working on their shooting in practice. Coach Chapman said he was especially pleased with the Lady Cats’ outside shooting Tueday night. The Lady Cats hit 9 three-pointers and hit 53% from behind the 3-point arc. Sadavia Porter hit 4 three-pointers, Danielle Godbolt and Imani Taylor hit 2 apiece and Te’Arria Rose made 1. The Lady Cats also shot 54% from the field. Coach Chapman said he also asked Godbolt to pick up her play. She responded with a 10 point game. Coach Chapman said he was also seeing Kaylee Jefferson, Sadavia Porter and Autumn Tanton especially staying after practice to work on their games. He said the three veteran players seem to really want to be a part of a three-peat district championship this season. The Lady Cats were district champs the past two seasons. The Lady Cats travel to Texas High Friday night.