Kit Carson Lady Hoopsters were in full swing this weekend as they battled two top 10 ranked teams, one of which was a district seeding match up.
Friday night the Cats traveled to McClave for a rival battle in district play. Starting out ready for combat, the momentum for the Cards was quickly squashed when McKenzie Smith drove the ball up the court and drained a 3. From that moment on, the Cats controlled the floor, from offense to defense. Micayla Isenbart led the scoring with 17 total points with her fellow teammates all making substantial contributions. Smith and Olivia Isenbart each sank in 8 points; Tess Hornung and Reyna Isenbart shared 7 more each; and Haley Johnson (3 points) and Cally Booker-Rady (2 points) added to the big win. Kit Carson defense was tough for the Cards to handle. With quick feet and great anticipation, KC only allowed McClave to score single digits in every quarter. M. Isenbart stripped 5 steals from the hands of their opponents, and T. Hornung grabbed 4 more. Boards were protected by the hops and height of the purple and gold. O. Isenbart led the pack with 7 total boards, allowing Kit Carson to dominate the paint 28-13. With a final score of 52-24, the important district “W” went to the Wildcats.
Tess Hornung makes a layup on a fast break against Holly. Photo credit: WildcatPridePhotos.com
Saturday was an interesting and challenging match up with the Holly Wildcats, as was predicted, since their last match up in the championship game of the Holiday Tournament. Holly came out ready to fight and fight they did. At the half, Holly only trailed by 16 points, which gave them the determination to stay in the fight. The third quarter the Cats were held to scoring single digits, which made for an interesting fourth quarter. Here is where Kit Carson had to bear down and put the pedal to the metal. Scoring 23 points in the final 8 minutes allowed the team to pull away from their opponent and seal the deal. Even with their tough spirit, Holly was challenged by the power in the paint. Blocked shots and steals controlled the defensive. T. Hornung knocked back 3 shots, M. Isenbart blocked 2 more, and M. Smith denied the Red Wildcats one more time. T. Hornung (4 steals) and O. Isenbart (2 steals) would allow no Red in the paint on this night. For a second time in a row, the hometown Cats dominated the boards as they out rebounded Holly 41-20. Olivia Isenbart would have her second double-double for the season scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Double digit scoring was attained by T. Hornung with 19 points and M. Isenbart with 16 points. The exciting game would end with the purple and gold Cats on top 67-37.
Coach Sara Crawford commented, “Holly put up a heck of a fight! They shot well and played solid defense which caused our girls to have to battle back. It was fun to see our girls show their emotional sides when things went as planned. They showed courage in the face of some adversity! This was a great team win as scoring was shared by all starters and many who came off the bench.”
Micayla Isenbart presents a strong defensive wall as she tries to stop the strong penetration of Holly’s Kallie Cathcart. Photo credit: WildcatPridePhotos.com
This week is filled with Wildcat action. On Tuesday they will travel to Granada for another district seeding contest. Kit Carson will host Stratton/Liberty on Friday night and then travel Saturday to match up for the second time with the Springfield Longhorns. Basketball action will be hot this week and the Cats hope you will join them on their journey.