Girls Varsity Basketball · Lady Cats Rally Falls Short against Rochester 43-37

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Despite playing the fourth quarter with four players, the Lady Cats mounted an impressive comeback but still fell short in dropping a Three Rivers Conference match up with Rochester 43-37. Ellie Snep carried the team on her back during the fourth quarter surge and along the way established a school record for career rebounds. “If you look at the fact that first, we have had some incredible players in our program and secondly, that Ellie pretty much broke the record over the course of two seasons, I think that breaking the rebound record is an incredible accomplishment for her,” offered head coach Dr. Rick Bragg. Both teams battled back and forth in the first quarter that ended deadlocked. At the half, Rochester had claimed a one point lead and expanded that margin to six points after three quarters. Rochester scored the first six points of the final stanza before the Lady Wildcats began their comeback. “I do not want to diminish the fact that we outplayed, out hustled, and outscored Rochester when we were down a player. That is an unfortunate fact we face with so few players,” Bragg said. “All the girls played their hearts out, but that is the expectation,” the head coach added. “We can’t make excuses and we have to hold our selves accountable. We only made one field goal in the second quarter and only one field goal in the third quarter. We had way too many turnovers. I know some will look at other factors that may have determined the outcome of this game, but the bottom line is we controlled our own destiny the first three quarters of the game and did not do the things we needed to do to be successful.” Snep finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Emi Duggins and Sarah Hewitt added six points each. Kayla Schipper scored four points and Elizabeth Miller made a field goal. Whitko will host state 3A ranked Norwell Wednesday. ” Without question Norwell is the best team we will face all season. We will be ready- we will not back down,” the head coach promised.