Sweetwater faced off with Kingston for a second time this season Monday night, and the results were unchanged from the first meeting. The Lady Cats fell to the Lady Jackets while the Wildcats cruised to victory.
KINGSTON LADY JACKETS 46, SWEETWATER LADY CATS 29
Sweetwater put forth its best effort to keep pace, but the hot shooting of Kingston allowed the Lady Jackets to pull away early and never look back. Mikalee Martin opened the game with the first points for Sweetwater, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Hannah Bailey and Amadea Pankey put Kingston in front for good.
Madison Robinson tried to stay right with the visiting team with three straight layups, but two more treys from Pankey as well as a layup and a 3-pointer from Tatiana Baildon pushed Sweetwater further from the lead. At the end of the first quarter, Kingston held a 19-10 lead over the Lady Cats.
Neither team would score much in the second quarter, but free throws and layups from Bailey and Pankey helped Kingston maintain the lead. Sweetwater’s only field goal of the period came from Shea Wheeler, and the Lady Cats trailed 26-15 at halftime.
After halftime, the Lady Cats started to pick up ground on two baskets by Robinson and one from Martin, but a fourth foul on Robinson helped send Kingston to the line, where they converted, and two more fouls just set up more free throw attempts for the Lady Jackets. At the end of three quarters, it was 34-21 in favor of Kingston.
Two baskets by Martin and a 3-pointer by Wheeler cut into the Kingston lead in the fourth, but Pankey and Bailey had the answers for Kingston and responded in kind. In the end, the late effort was not enough to lift Sweetwater out of the deficit and the Lady Cats fell for the second straight game.
Martin led the Lady Cats with 12 and Robinson added 10. Pankey led Kingston with 22 and Bailey added 10.
No. 5 SWEETWATER WILDCATS 73, KINGSTON YELLOW JACKETS 45
Sweetwater wasted no time turning on the offense on Monday night, and the Wildcats easily dispatched the Yellow Jackets for the second time this season.
Bryce Johnson got the scoring started and Dominique Oggs quickly followed with three putbacks. Matthew Kile added a steal-and-score and a pair of free throws and Kolbe Billingsley added a layup as part of a 14-2 run to open the game.
Kingston mounted a rally with Brady Luttrell hitting a 3-pointer and Reese Banken completing a 3-point play, but Sweetwater still held the lead thanks to an Oggs trey, 18-12, after one quarter.
An Aaron Littleton layup and a Billingsley 3-pointer, the Wildcats had built their lead to 23-14. Luttrell countered with a 3-pointer and a jumper, but an Oggs putback and a Billingsley trey responded to reclaim the larger advantage. Luttrell poured in another 3-pointer in the quarter but it was not enough to push the Yellow Jackets ahead before the break, and they trailed 34-25 at the half.
Sweetwater leaned on defense in the third quarter to race ahead. The Wildcats limited Kingston to two field goals in the period as they continued to score. Billingsley put in back-to-back layups to start the second half and Johnson added two baskets. Oggs also got in on the action with two baskets and freshman Jayce Upton nailed a 3-pointer to end the quarter with a 51-32 lead for Sweetwater.
Austin Long added a layup to open the fourth quarter and Billingsley added a layup and a 3-pointer to the lead. Will Moore and Spencer Stiles scored for Kingston, but it was not enough to keep up with the Wildcats. Littleton, Gibson Alford, and Long contributed points in the final minutes and Christian Baker capped off the performance with a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lift Sweetwater to the win.
Dominique Oggs led the way with 23 points and Billingsley had 14. Luttrell was the only Yellow Jacket in double figures with 12.