January 8, 2009

Free throws keep Wildcats 3-0

Guard Lisa Fricke scored only five points in Center-Stanton’s game against Shiloh Christian last Monday night. But the senior’s efforts on defense and her impressive stint at the free throw line, making five of six in the fourth quarter, kept the Wildcats goals of being on top of the district standings alive. C-S routed the Skyhawks 46-35 to remain 3-0 in District 9 and claim their first win of 2009.

"That’s what we’re going to need," head coach Michael Bergstrom said, "people to step up. People are starting to fall into their roles. Things are starting to come together little by little."

And little by little is just how the Wildcats beat their opponent Monday as they started the game hot and never lost the lead. Mikayla Halone put in the Wildcats’ first points of the first quarter after grabbing a loose ball tipped by Shiloh, then sinking the layup. Spanky Clayton soon added a jumper to the quick start.

C-S held the Skyhawks to only one basket for the first 4 minutes and 30 seconds of the contest. Fricke was rushing on the fast break, passing just ahead of teammate Seirra Henke. But with a speed burst, she grabbed the ball and whipped it behind her before stepping out of bounds. Clayton was there to get control and swish the jumper as the Wildcats added to their lead.

The Wildcats added three more points before the first quarter ended with an 11-5 lead.

Shiloh spent the entire second quarter shooting bonus and had outscored the Wildcats 2 to 1 as Bergstrom took a timeout at 5:47 with a 15-13 lead.

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