GRAFTON— After a rocky start to a very unconventional season, the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats, unwavering in their dedication to improving, claimed their first win of the season.
The Lady Cats went into their fourth game of the week on Saturday, April 3, matching up with the Union Tigers.
According to head coach Andrew Moore, his team got off to a slow start, coming out of the gate a little flat, leading to the Tigers pulling ahead in the first quarter.
Through extreme determination, Grafton rallied together and put on an impressive defensive showing to start the second quarter, holding the Lady Tigers to just one point and regaining the lead heading into halftime.
Coming back from the break, Union had prepared to stage a comeback, refusing to give up the victory, but the Lady Cats had come to win.
“After back and forth third and fourth quarters, we were able to make some plays down the stretch to come away with a win,” Moore commented.
For the Lady Cats, juniors Alyssa Satterfield and Amber Smith played the role of a dominating defensive duo.
“Alyssa and Amber both played a huge role in our win on the defensive end,” Moore noted.
He added that fellow junior and teammate Sydney Friend put pressure on the Tigers’ ball handlers disrupting their offensive flow.
Despite not shooting the ball particularly well, the Lady Cats were able to come together in a team effort, step up their defense and claim their first long-awaited victory, reigning over the Tigers 34-26.
“I was proud of our girls’ effort. Sometimes it’s easy to not put forth as much effort when things aren’t going your way throughout the season, but they continue to work hard, and it paid off Saturday,” expressed Moore.
Hopeful to keep that momentum going, the team went on to play their fifth game in a span of seven days against a very well experienced Lewis County High School team.
To start action, the Lady Bearcats held their own, matching the pace their competitors, keeping the competition neck and neck for the first half of play. However, Lewis would go on to make a small run before the break, going into halftime leading Grafton by five.
Over the next half of play, the Lady Cats continued to put in work, pushing down the floor and battling to get clean looks inside, but unfortunately, the seasoned Lewis County team managed to overcome Grafton’s best efforts.
Although the Lady Cats suffered a 59-40 loss, the Grafton roster and coaching staff is stacked with individuals that refuse to get discouraged and give up, keeping their heads held high and learning from the loss.
“Lewis is a very experienced team with seven seniors, and their experience showed at this game, but I am so proud of how hard our girls have played over the last few games. It’s definitely encouraging to see them continue to work hard and not give up,” Moore said.
And while they fell a little short of the W, several GHS players ended the night with impressive stat sheets, showing just how hard they worked.
Satterfield was once again a stand out, this time on both ends of the court, recording her first double double with 16 points and ten rebounds. She also led the team in assist recording four, as well as grabbing four steals.
Sophomore Eva Jones also had an impressive showing, scoring ten points on the night, while freshman Kambree Delaney worked out of a shooting slump and added seven points to the board.
Smith also continued to make plays for the Lady Cats coming up with five points, two assists, five rebounds and one block.
The Lady Cats had a quick turn away and played their fourth game in a row against Lincoln on Tuesday, results from that matchup, along with results from Thursday night’s game against Liberty will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.