Wildcats bow out in districts fall to TLMM and Max
By Jarann Johnson
The Center-Stanton Wildcats knew that advancing to the Region 5 tournament was going to be hard because they were the lowest seed entering the District 10 tournament. The Wildcats needed two wins to continue their season, but battles with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeded teams left the Wildcats without a Region 5 tournament berth.
In the Wildcats’ tournament opener against No. 2-seeded Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky (TLMM) things started off OK for the Wildcats. A basket by junior forward Katie Windhorst gave the Wildcats an early 4-2 lead, but the early lead wouldn’t hold.
At the end of the first the Wildcats trailed 16-9. TLMM tried to push their lead to 20 points in the second half, but every time TLMM came close to grabbing a commanding lead the Wildcats responded with a small run to keep the difference near the 10-point margin.
Head Coach Drew Erhardt talked about one of his team’s counter runs during the third period that made the margin 9 points near the end of the quarter and credited the effort of four players.
“Really what affected the game the most for us was Abbi (Hintz), Tori (Wahlman), Paige Beckman and Mykaela Jacobson just had a stellar game that night (against TLMM). I believe they were in during that run where we went from down 18 to down 9 at the end of the third quarter. They were completely tapped out, then we put the others back in and they couldn’t get a stop.”