The Lady Cats Basketball Team got a highly surprising victory over a previously unbeaten Gilmer team, 48-39, Friday afternoon, January 1, in the Main Gym at Sulphur Springs High School.
Gilmer came in a perfect 12-0 with all of their wins by at least ten points and most of them by much more. The Lady Cats showed signs early that this game might be different for Gilmer as they led the Lady Buckeyes, 13-10 after one quarter and then 24-17 at the half. Gilmer came on strong in the third quarter and led 32-31 heading into the fourth quarter. Down the stretch, the two teams were tied at 34-34 with about 5 minutes left.
A couple of minutes later Lady Cat sophomore Addisyn Wall hit a three point basket to put the Lady Cats back on top, 37-36. Those points would be the first in a 11-0 run that gave the Lady Cats a 45-36 lead with less than a minute left in the game. 8 points by sophomore Kenzie Willis, all but 2 from the foul line, led the way for the Lady Cats. Sophomore Serenity Lewis also chipped in 4 points during the run. For the game, Willis led all scorers with 18 points.
Wall had 10 points with 2 three-pointers. Seniors Bre’Asia Ivery and Nylah Lindley both scored 8 points. Lindley, Willis and senior Dalanee Myles did a good job rebounding against a tall Lady Buckeyes’ team. Lewis ended with 4 points. The Lady Buckeyes were led by their 6-foot-2 senior post Haylee Jordan, who scored 13 points.
The win improved the Lady Cats’ season record to 7-6. On Tuesday, the Lady Cats travel to Hugo, Oklahoma for a non-district game with the Lady Buffaloes.