Grafton Lady Cats tip off the season

GRAFTON—After months of uncertainty and multiple schedule changes, the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team finally tipped off their 2020-21 regular season on Wednesday against conference foe East Fairmont, ultimately dropping the contest by the score of 60-34.

Although it wasn’t the outcome he was hoping for, Grafton head coach Andrew Moore expressed his relief to finally get back on the court with everything that his coaching staff and players have had to go through in the past 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to linger.

“It was nice to see the girls back on the court and just be themselves with all that has gone on in the world over the past year,” Moore said. “I think our inexperience showed tonight, but it was good to get a game under our belt and see how we can move forward from here.”

Junior Alyssa Satterfield (15 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the Lady Cats, who fell behind quickly out of the gate but continued to fight back, almost matching the Bees point production in the second half (21-20), but the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Freshman Jodi Keene (6 points, 8 rebounds), and juniors Isabella Swiger (6 points, 3 rebounds), Amber Smith (5 points, 9 rebounds), and Sydney Friend (2 points, 4 rebounds) rounded out the scoring for Grafton. Satterfield and Smith also tallied three steals in the contest.

“Amber did a fantastic job in her first varsity start for us,” Moore stated. “I love her energy on defense. And Alyssa showed her experience and did a great job rebounding and running the point for us.”

For the visitors, East Fairmont had 11 total players score in the game, with senior forward Somer Stover notching a team-high 10 points to go along with her six rebounds. In addition to Stover, East Fairmont had four other players score five or more points.

“East Fairmont is a veteran team and they are going to be a tough team to beat throughout the season,” Moore noted. “But I’m proud of my girls for fighting and giving their best effort and we will continue to get better and better.”

Grafton (0-1) returned to action last night at Philip Barbour but results of that contest were not immediately available. The Lady Cats will then make a quick turnaround as they host Trinity Christian School tonight at GHS.

Tipoff for the varsity contest against the Warriors is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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