The Lady Cats fought back from a 12 point fourth quarter deficit to at one point narrow the margin to three points but still fell to Maconaquah 48-41 in the regular season finale. “We played excellent defense in the first half limiting Maconaquah to 16 points,” stated head coach Dr. Rick Bragg. “Unfortunately, we came out in the third quarter and had some unforced turnovers and missed some easy shots at which time Maconaquah took advantage of the opportunity, gained the momentum, and had a huge quarter to gain a big lead.” The Lady Cats found themselves down 38-26 before mounting an impressive comeback to get back into the game. “I can’t say enough about the effort and heart of our players. We had a tough, physical game on Friday with the win over Wabash and the kids came back and played as hard as they were capable in this game,” Bragg proudly said. “Sometimes it is the little things that catch up with you. When we cut the lead to three we put Maconaquah on the free throw line. They miss a free throw, we do not block out, and they get the rebound. Once we got back in the game, the girls were exhausted. There is no fault in the fact we simply ran out of energy.” Ellie Snep once again was the leading scorer for Whitko with 18 points. She also had 14 rebounds. Sarah Hewitt added nine points, Kayla Schipper eight and Emi Duggins scored 6. ” I would not trade the heart and soul of our players for any other team I have had the privilege to coach,” Bragg admitted. “We will take this same attitude into the Sectional.” Bragg also offered “Thanks to the great show of support in both games this weekend from the Whitko Nation. I also want to offer a big thank you to Maconaquah. I thought it was really awesome that on their senior night, they took the time to also recognize our seniors. A wonderful gesture on their part.” The Lady Cats are scheduled to play the Central Noble vs. Westivew winner in the first semi-final game of the Central Noble Sectional at 6 pm, Friday, February 1.
- 41 Whitko High School
- 48 Maconaquah High School
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