SWEETWATER LADY CATS 58,

TKA LADY LIONS 56

TKA standout freshman Jennifer Sullivan scored 38 points on Friday night as the TKA Lady Lions rolled into Sweetwater, but the team effort of the Lady Cats was enough to surge ahead late and hold on for the 58-56 Sweetwater victory.

Sullivan started out strong, dealing out 10 of the Lady Lions 14 points in the first quarter, but Sweetwater matched the visitors basket for basket. Mikalee Martin scored the first two field goals for the Lady Cats and Madison Robinson added one and a field goal. Shea Wheeler worked hard inside and snagged a putback basket as well as the Lady Cats only trailed 12-11.

Martin, Kassedy McCool, and Wheeler would add one more basket apiece in the first quarter and the Lady Cats took the narrow lead after one quarter 15-14.

Sullivan erased that lead immediately to start the second quarter, sinking a long 3-pointer, and Sweetwater didn’t have much of a response. The Lady Lions limited Sweetwater to just three baskets in the period- a jumper by Abbey Barr and two from Martin. All the while, Sullivan and McKenna Monger went to work and widened the lead to 29-22 TKA at halftime.

Monger added to the lead out of halftime, but a McCool trey in response helped the Lady Cats find their footing. Robinson, Barr, Martin, and Wheeler each scored a layup as part of an 8-0 run to cut into the lead, and McCool added another 3-pointer. Two more McCool free throws as time expired set up a tie game at 41 headed to the final stanza.

Sweetwater wasted no time in the fourth to pull ahead. A Wheeler putback sparked the offense and great defense drove the offense forward. McCool snatched a steal and the score, before an Abbey Barr steal led to a Mari Robbins layup. Robbins did it herself moments later with a steal-and-score and the Lady Cats had put together an 11-0 run to take the lead.

Sullivan and the Lady Lions weren’t done yet, though. Sullivan scored five free throws, two baskets, and two 3-pointers in the closing minutes to keep the game close. Ahead by two, Barr missed two free throws for Sweetwater but Wheeler kept the Lady Cats afloat with an offensive rebound. Barr hit one of the next free throws to help ice the game for Sweetwater.

Martin led Sweetwater with 19 and McCool added 12. Wheeler chipped in 8 and strong defense.

SWEETWATER WILDCATS 81,

TKA LIONS 48

Friday night was no struggle for the Sweetwater Wildcats, who have climbed to No. 1 in some state rankings after a strong start to the season.

The Wildcats worked methodically and quickly to dispatch the dangerous Lions of TKA on Friday night, prevailing 81-48.

Dominique Oggs paced the Wildcats out of the gate with six straight points and Kolbe Billingsley, back from an injury, hit his first 3-point attempt. Zack Tilley answered with a 3-pointer for TKA, but the scoring from the Lions simply couldn’t hold up to the Sweetwater barrage. Billingsley, Oggs, and Bryce Johnson each flipped in a bucket and Conner Pippen added two free throws as the Cats led 21-12 after one quarter.

TKA began to find a stroke from behind the arc in the second quarter as Tyler Overdorf and Nemanja Kovacevic hit three shots from 3-point land. The barrage could still not hold up to Sweetwater, as Billingsley and Matthew Kile led the charge, combining for 13 points in a row. Gibson Alford and Pippen each added a basket before halftime, and the Wildcats clung to a 37-25 lead.

The two teams traded baskets after halftime until an Austin Long jumper and a steal and score by Kile helped them separate more. Back to back layups by Oggs and a layup by Carson Hicks also helped the Wildcats pull away to a 58-40 score after three quarters.

Tilley managed one final layup before fouling out for TKA, and his absence opened the floodgates for Sweetwater. Oggs scored six straight points, Hicks added another layup, and Alford added a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer. Jayce Upton closed out the scoring with back-to-back layups and the Wildcats took the 81-48 win convincingly over the Lions.

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