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Wildcat, Lady Cat Coaches Talk About Tuesday Victories

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Cipoletta on Wildcats 84-70 Home Win Against Dallas Woodrow Wilson

Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said Dallas Woodrow Wilson refused to go away Tuesday night (December 4) in Wildcats Gym. The Wildcats finally separated from Wilson with a big 31 points fourth quarter to take a 84-70 win. Coach Cipoletta called Woodrow a tough team that could hit shots. He said the Wildcats had to double team Wilson’s big post players and he said they made the Wildcats pay. Coach Cipoletta predicted Woodrow Wilson would go far this season. Sadaidriene Day Day Hall had a monster game for the Wildcats with 36 points and lots of rebounds. Coach Cipoletta noted his rebounds and put backs against bigger players. Senior Duece Berry also brought a smile to Coach Cip’s face during the post game interview. Berry hit three big three-point baskets in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats pull away. Coach Cipoletta said Berry’s near perfect practice shooting recently made it necessary to put Berry in Tuesday night. Almost overlooked Tuesday night was senior guard Keaston Willis who ended up with 20 points. Coach Cipoletta praised Willis for finding his teammates when Woodrow did their best to prevent him from scoring. He also had positive things to say about senior guard Jeremiah Roland. Coach Cipoletta called him athletic, sneaky fast and the Wildcats’ defensive stopper. The Woodrow Wilson victory followed two very hard days of practice according to Coach Cipoletta. He said the team seemed content after their November 19 home win over Rockwall, the #2 team in Class 6A. He said the lackadaisical attitude surfaced some during the Mansfield tournament. Thus the hard practices. The Wildcats are now 8-2. The Wildcats play next in the Forney ISD Winter Classic Thursday through Saturday. Thursday at North Forney, the Wildcats play two pool play games. They face North Mesquite at 12:30 p.m. and McKinney Boyd at 3:30 p.m. Boyd’s head coach is former Wildcat Coach Jeremy Josey. Coach Cipoletta was a Wildcats’ assistant coach under Josey. Coach Cipoletta remembers that a Josey coached Boyd team defeated the Wildcats three years ago.

Lady Cats Defeat New Boston on the Road Tuesday, 64-43

Lady Cats Basketball Coach Brittney Tisdell is not quite sure if the Lady Cats started slowly or if home team New Boston got off to a fast start. The Lady Cats led only 12-11 after the first quarter. Coach Tisdell said at halftime she was able to make some defensive adjustments that helped the Lady Cats in the second half. He said she also talked to her team about the need to be patient against the New Boston zone defenses. Coach Tisdell said the Lady Cats seemed calmer and more ready to go in the second half. The Lady Cats also benefited from a career offensive night from senior post Autumn Tanton who scored 36 points. Sadavia Porter scored 12 points. The win improved the Lady Cats season record to 8-1. Their only loss was to Class 6A team Longview in the final game of the Winnsboro tournament last Saturday. Now the Lady Cats play in an Edgewood tournament Thursday through Saturday. The Lady Cats open against Wills Point Thursday at 8 a.m. Also in the Lady Cats pool are Kaufman, Edgewood and Gilmer. The Lady Cats have two games Thursday and two more Friday. Saturday match ups depend on pool play results. The Lady Cats have won the Edgewood tournament the past two years.  

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Author: Staff Reporter

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