The game resembled two prize fighters going toe-to-toe. Bishop scored, then the Lady Cats struck back and scored and that battle continued for four quarters. The first quarter score was 7-7 and at the half the Lady Badgers’ lead was only 20-16.
The intensity continued into the third quarter with Bishop scored 20, while the Lady Cats scored 16, with Jackie Gonzalez scoring 9 points in the quarter. As the two teams came out for the fourth quarter, both looked like they had been through a hard fought battle, but the intensity didn’t let down.
Kaitlyn Williams dropped in 9 points as the Lady Cats scored 22 and Bishop scored 23.
The two teams shook hands and congratulated each other because they knew it was a good, hard fought game, the coach said.
“I went into the locker room after the game and applauded our team,” said coach Hemphill. “We were sprawled out in bean bag chairs and bent over in our chairs from exhaustion from playing so hard.”
Hemphill said the Lady Cats played their hearts out.
“We just came up a little short,” Hemphill said. “I told them we could look in the mirror and know we played as hard as we possibly could. I am super proud of them. We played our guts out and that’s all I can ask of them. Again, I was really, really proud of them for the way they competed and never quit playing hard until the final buzzer sounded.”
The Lady Cats were led by Gonzalez with 20 points and 13 rebounds; Cecilia Bauer, 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists; Williams, 10; Kiasha Brown, 6 steals.