After an emotional victory over host Winnsboro Thursday morning, the Lady Cats’ basketball team had just enough gas in the tank to survive against Emory Rains, 41-39 Thursday afternoon (November 29) on the first day of the Winnsboro Hoopfest tournament.
The Lady Cats scored the first basket of the game against Emory Rains but then fell way behind. Rains led after the first quarter, 17-8. The Lady Cats did some catching up during the second quarter but still trailed 27-23 at halftime. Both teams managed only 6 points in the third quarter and Rains led after three quarters, 33-29. The Lady Cats finally pulled into a tie at 29-29 in the fourth quarter. Danielle Godbolt had two big baskets down the stretch that kept the Lady Cats in the lead until the end. A desperation 75-foot shot at the buzzer by Rains fell way short and the Lady Cats had a two point win.
Autumn Tanton led the Lady Cats with 13 points, Godbolt had 10, Nylah Lindley scored 8, Sadavia Porter, was hampered by foul trouble and finished with 4 points. Latavia Smith also scored 4 points. Kate Womack scored 2 points before rolling her ankle in the games final minute. She may be able to play Friday after getting her ankle taped.
The win gives the Lady Cats a 5-0 season record. They will advance to Gold Bracket play on Friday. More details are expected at the end of play on Thursday.