Everything went right in the first 16 minutes of action on Friday. The Lady Cats shot well, rebounded superbly and played some tough defense against the Lady Badgers. S-T held just a five-point advantage after one period at 14-9. That lead jumped to 14 points, 30-16, by the end of the first half as the Lady Cats stymied the Badger offense. It was one shot and done the entire first half as the local ladies controlled the boards with ease.
Back side passes led to several easy baskets for the Lady Cats in the first half. The Badgers were overplaying the ball and the offside S-T forward sneaked into the paint for a few uncontested lay-ups that helped boost the team’s lead.
The third period started with more of the same as the Lady Cats raced out to a 41-16 lead before the Badgers could find the basket.
The Karnes City girls did not quit and fought back to cut the 25-point deficit to 10 points by the end of the third period and set up a possible comeback.
Karnes City rallied and started off the fourth period with an 8-0 run to pull within seven at 45-38 before the Lady Cats closed out the contest with a 7-2 run of their own to earn the victory.
Amber Hughlett worked inside and at the foul line to top all scorers with 16 points. Celina Acosta followed with 15. Samantha Minter worked free for nine tallies. Brittany Garza finished with five and did well breaking the KC press as point guard. She had help from D’Anne Wilder in bringing the ball up court. Wilder also scored three points. Kathy Acosta completed the scoring with four.
The Lady Cats opened district play on Tuesday by hosting the Banquete Lady Bulldogs. On Friday, the S-T girls will travel to Taft to test the Greyhounds.