GRAFTON—Playing their third game in four days, the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team hosted Trinity Christian School on Saturday after traveling to Philip Barbour the previous evening.
Against the Warriors, it was an extra special night for the Grafton program as Mia Chambers, the only senior on the Lady Cats roster, was able to start the contest and score a layup after tearing her ACL during a preseason basketball workout in October.
“Chambers has not missed a practice since then and shows up each and every day to support the team,” said Grafton head coach Andrew Moore. “She knows that she will never play the game again but continues to support the players on the court. Hopefully last night we were able to make a great memory for one of our own.”
The Lady Cats would ultimately fall to Trinity Christian by the score of 58-25. Kambree Delaney had 10 points on the night to lead Grafton in scoring while Sydney Friend (5), Alyssa Satterfield (4), Amber Smith (2), Jodi Keene (2), and Mia Chambers (2) also got in the scoring column.
“We got off to another slow start in the first and third quarters,” stated Moore. “However, I was very pleased with our half-court defense at the start. We just didn’t have the legs to shoot, and maybe fatigue from playing a hard game the night before played into it. Trinity has a great team and could make a run to a state tournament appearance. But it was nice to get Kambree into double digits. She has developed into another long-range threat for us to go along with Alyssa, Izzy, and Sydney. She also led the team with eight rebounds.”
Against the Colts the previous evening, Smith led the way with 10 points and three other players scored eight points each as Philip Barbour handed Grafton their second straight loss, 78-50.
Satterfield, Swiger, and Delaney were the players with eight points while Jodi Keene (5), Sydney Friend (3), Eva Jones (3), Caitlyn Boylen (2), and Kelsey Massie (1) all saw action for Grafton.
“We got off to a slow start but were able to come back in the second quarter to keep it within striking distance,” Moore explained. “However, in the third quarter we came out flat and allowed them to get a big lead on us that was difficult for us to overcome. Isabella Swiger came out hot in the first half and knocked down four long jump shots to keep us in the game. We did do some great things in that game and hopefully we can continue to build off of those and keep working to get better as the season progresses. We did end up shooting 43% from the floor but were plagued with turnovers that we couldn’t overcome.”
“Philip Barbour has a veteran team and they rebound the ball extremely well, but we also didn’t put ourselves in the best position to rebound.”
The Lady Cats (0-3) will return to action tonight as they travel to Buckhannon-Upshur (3-0).
Tipoff is scheduled for 5:45p.m. for JV and 7:30 p.m. for Varsity.