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Basketball: Wildcats, Lady Cats Coaches Commend Teams in Mt Pleasant Victories

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Cipoletta Proud of His Winning Wildcats

Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said he was proud of the way his team played in a Tuesday night (January 15) win at Mount Pleasant. He said the team had to step up since the Wildcats had to play without key cog Sadaidriene Day Day Hall who was out with a concussion. Junior Cameron Kahn and senior Xavier Cork really stepped up according to Coach Cipoletta. He called Mount Pleasant the toughest place to play in the district. Coach Cipoletta said it always has a hostile, chaotic atmosphere. He said the Wildcats handled the pressure even when the Tigers went ahead in the third quarter. Coach Cipoletta said the Wildcats played exceptional defense. He said the Wildcats hit shots when they needed to and made the Tigers pay when they chose to press. Coach Cipoletta said the Wildcats had the height advantage against Mount Pleasant and he said he worked to create mismatches inside. He said his team did a good job of finding players when they had mismatches. The Wildcats, ranked #5 in Class 5A, are 2-0 in district play and their season record is 16-8. The Wildcats host Texas High, also 2-0 in district play, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Sulphur Springs Gym.

Lady Cats Coach Tisdell Survives First Visit to Mount Pleasant and Gets Win

Lady Cats Basketball Coach Brittney Tisdell found out Tuesday night (January 15) that Mount Pleasant can be a hard gym to play in. Still the Lady Cats left with a win but he wasn’t easy. Coach Tisdell, with point guard Sadavia Porter ailing and running a fever, watched her team struggle early, getting off to a slow start on offense and playing so so defense. Porter managed only 2 first quarter points on two free throws as the Lady Cats trailed after one quarter, 9-6. The Lady Cats only led by four at halftime, 21-17. Then Porter went to work and ended up with 29 total points almost matching the entire Mount Pleasant team. Most of Porter’s baskets came in transition. The Lady Cats won 58-31 using a 20-3 advantage in the fourth quarter. Coach Tisdell was pleased with the Lady Cats defense in the second half. Statistically, the Lady Cats ended up shooting 45% in the game while holding the Lady Tigers to 22%. Both teams shot poorly from 3-point range, the Lady Cats hitting only 2 of 11 for 18% while Mount Pleasant made only 3 of 21 for 14%. The Lady Cats outrebounded the Lady Tigers 33-24. The Lady Cats had 10 assists, 16 steals and 5 deflections. The Lady Cats had 14 turnovers. Porter had 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 7 steals and 2 deflections. Te-Arria Rose had 1 rebound and a deflection. Aliyah Abron got 1 blocked shot, 2 rebounds and a steal. Kate Womack had 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Danielle Godbolt had 4 rebounds and a deflection. Nylah Lindley got 2 assists, 1 blocked shot, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Autumn Tanton had 1 assist, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a deflection. Colbria Harrison grabbed a rebound. The Lady Cats are 3-1 in district play and 21-4 for the season. They play arch rival Texas High Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. in the Main Sulphur Springs Gym.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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