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Wildcat Basketball Action Heats Up

It was a hot week of basketball action for the Kit Carson Wildcats.  

Olivia Isenbart puts ball up against Holly defenders - Photo Credit Bob SchecterThe ladies hit the road on Tuesday for a district seeding match up against the Bobcats from Granada.  This was a normal evening in which every member of the Lady Wildcat team contributed to the successful outcome.  Three Cats scored double digits:  Tess Hornung racked up 21 points, followed by 13 points from Micayla Isenbart and 10 points from Olivia Isenbart.  McKenzie Smith put 8 points in the hoop, while Tieler Randel (7 points), Haley Johnson (6 points), Allison Gekeler (5 points), Reyna Isenbart (4 points), and Jordyn Weeks (2 points) rounded out the rest of the scoring action for Kit Carson.  M. Isenbart continued to spread the ball around to her teammates with assists, while Cede Smith followed in her footsteps.  Freshman power house Faith Johnson protected the paint and pulled down 5 boards.  Senior Paige Johnson and freshmen Cally Booker-Rady and Janae Voss kept the rebounding tradition alive as they grabbed boards to aide in the success of this well-rounded Wildcat team.  The game ended in favor of the Wildcats, putting them a step closer to a nice seed for the district tournament.

Friday night brought the Knighted Eagles from Liberty/Stratton to town and they met the wrath of a determined Kit Carson team.  The tenacious Carson defense held their opponent to single digit scoring in every quarter.  Twenty steals on the night helped Kit Carson to control the momentum of the game.  The height inside was too much for the Knighted Eagles as they diligently tried to power their way in the paint.  At the game’s end, the Cats would out rebound Liberty/Stratton, 32-15.  The purple and gold stayed strong and stuck to the game plan the entire game, leaving them with a win on the night with a score of 62-13.

Saturday is when the basketball action got heated for the Kit Carson Wildcats.  The team traveled to the plains of southern Colorado to take on an earlier nemesis, the Springfield Longhorns.  The last match up between these two teams was in the semi-finals of the Holiday Tournament and was an exciting game.  This night proved to be no different, except that it was not in neutral territory and the Cats were challenged to tread lightly in Longhorn Country.  Springfield held Kit Carson to their lowest scoring first quarter of the year, only allowing them to put 13 points on the board, and that set the stage for the defensive battle of the season.  Having to find a different gear, the Lady Wildcats tightened their fists and went into battle.  Their incredible defense, a saving grace, held the Longhorns to single digits each quarter, a move that would help them get their legs under them.  Once they were warmed up and adjusted to the new style of play, Kit Carson was ready to go.  Pushing the ball up the court wore the Longhorns down slowly, until the momentum was completely in the hands of the purple and gold. 

Tess Hornung fighting for ball with Holly's Saedee DavisT. Hornung (17 points) and M. Isenbart (16 points) were the leading scorers for the Cats, with M. Isenbart putting up her first double-double of the season as she ripped 16 boards to protect the paint.  Reyna Isenbart score 9 points against the aggressive Longhorns, and stripped 4 steals from the pesky guards in red.  T. Hornung and McKenzie Smith held their team to higher standards as they stripped 5 steals each from the Longhorns.  O. Isenbart was not going to let anyone have their way in the paint, so she used her talents and blocked 4 shots of the Longhorns, leaving them frustrated and deflated.  H. Johnson used her speed and encouraged her team to push the ball quickly up the court.  She would end the night with 6 points, all from the fast break offense of Kit Carson.  A little bruised and battered, the Wildcats finished the exciting basketball evening with a hard-fought win over Springfield with a score of 65-25.

This week brings another seeding match up with Kit Carson hosting the Eads Eagles.  Saturday night the Lady Cats will host their championship rivals and top ranked, Fleming Wildcats on Saturday.  The action should be hot and the excitement high.  The Lady Wildcats invite all to share with them the love of the game of basketball and the pride of small town sports.

Photo Credit Bob Schecter

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