GRAFTON—For three periods of their second-round sectional matchup against Petersburg on Wednesday, everything seemed to be going according to plan for the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team.
Facing a team in which they had defeated by 13 points just three and a half weeks prior, the Lady Cats battled to a reasonable 9-8 deficit after the first period, settled for a 33-33 tie at the half, then found themselves still tied at 39-all heading into the final quarter. But a 24-8 outburst by the Vikings in the deciding period would dash any hopes of a Grafton win as Petersburg would ultimately get the victory by the score of 63-47.
“We got off to a slow start but were able to adjust and get some momentum going in the first half, however a few uncharacteristic plays led us to being tied at the half,” said Grafton head coach Andrew Moore. “It was a back-and-forth game throughout the third and fourth quarters, but we couldn’t get shots to fall and they were able to get their offense going a little bit.”
Grafton’s Meredith Maier had another huge game, scoring 24 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, and adding four blocks and a steal to her resume. Junior Bria Jacobs added eight points, while senior Tori Jackson chipped in five. Rounding out the scoring were Megan Kisner (4), Jocelyn Countryman (3), Bailey Toothman (2), and Fred Maloley (1).
Jenna Burgess scored 27 points for Petersburg (19-4), while Kayla Lantz added 17.
The loss leaves Grafton with a mark of 15-9 on the season (including the postseason), and the Lady Cats will graduate six seniors from this year’s team.
“I would like to thank our seniors, Tori Jackson, Megan Kisner, Madie Summers, Bailey Toothman, Jocelyn Countryman, and Hailey Skiles for their memories, hard work, and dedication to our program,” said a proud Moore after the game. “They have paved the way for the future success of our program.
Moore also went on to elaborate on what this season has meant to him and where he feels his program stands heading into next season.
“It was a tough way to end our season, but I am very proud of how far this program has come in the last three years. This was our first winning record since 2016 and it included a Sam Bord Tournament championship. We hope the returning players will take the next step forward and continue to get better in the offseason.”