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Lady Wildcats hold off Shiner 35-30

January 16, 2019 - 00:00
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    Citizen | Mark Heitman A Shiner player contests a shot by Weimar’s Tori Janak (31) during the Lady Cats 35-30 win over Shiner at home.

WEIMAR – Wiemar’s Lady Wildcats took a nine-point lead into the final quarter and staved off a late rally by Shiner to take a 35-30 win in District 29-2A action on Friday.

“We had a good third quarter,” said Lady Cats’ head basketball coach Cory Morrison after the game. “But we had a lot of trouble getting the ball to go in the bucket in the fourth quarter.”

Shiner outscored the Lady Cats 13-10 in the first period.

It was a pretty high scoring first half. “Valerie Ramirez had a couple big treys for us in the game,” said Morrison. “That kept us in the game offensively.”

The Lady Cats (11-16 overall and 2-1 in district) bounced back nicely in the second period when they outscored Shiner 14-6 to grab a 24-19 halftime advantage.

Near the end of the first half, the Shiner girls were driving down the court trying to cut into the Weimar lead when Kennedy Koehn took a big hit and got knocked to the floor while drawing a charging foul that brought a roar from the

Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the third period, and a lot of that can be attributed to good defense by both District 29-2A schools.

Tori Janak, who had a good game inside for the Lady Cats, showed up big in the second half. “Tori had a good game for us, particularly in that second half when we needed to get the stops defensively. We just weren’t scoring a whole lot in the final two quarters,” said Morrison.

The Lady Cats outscored Shiner 8-4 in the third period and led 32-23 going into the final period.

In the fourth quarter, Weimar and Shiner played great defense. Neither team could find the bucket much at all. With about 2:00 to play, the Lady Cats were up 35-27, and it looked they were cruising.

But Shiner came up with a basket and a free throw late to make it interesting for Morrison and his Lady Cats.

WEIMAR 37 BRAZOS 21

BRAZOS – Malarie Mi-can had 12 points and the Weimar Lady Cats girls put the defensive clamps on Brazos en route to a 37-21 win here Tuesday for their second district win.

Valerie Ramirez got the Weimar party started with 5:50 to go in the first quarter when she drained a long two-pointer from near the arc. That got the Lady Cats rolling to an 8-5 first quarter lead.

Kennedy Koehn got a nice put back off an offensive board about midway through the second period to help Weimar to a 16-9 halftime advantage.

The Lady Cats played a lot of in-your-face defense against Brazos in the third and fourth periods and got an offensive lift from Faith Thomas to outscore the Brazos girls 21-13 in the final two periods.

Aside from Mican’s 12 points, Koehn had eight, Ramirez had six, Thomas had five and Avery Eistner had four points.