GRAFTON—Following their impressive 13-point win against sectional opponent Petersburg on Saturday, the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team followed that victory with wins over South Harrison on Monday and Robert C. Byrd on Tuesday.
Against South Harrison, the evening started off with a JV game against Lady Hawks, with Grafton winning that contest by the score of 49-16. Leah Jackson led Grafton with 11 points, followed by Izzy Swiger’s 10.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Cats were Eva Jones (9), Sydney Friend (8), Taylor Minard (5), Jordan Niggemyer (4), and Amber Smith (2). Jones, Smith, and Swiger also had a big day on the defensive end, grabbing eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
In the varsity matchup, the Lady Hawks were no match for the Lady Cats as Grafton cruised to a 79-20 victory behind Meredith Maier’s 18-point, 15-rebound, five-steal performance. Maier shot 50% from the floor while also shooting 80% from the free throw line, connecting on 4-of-5 attempts. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Cats were Tori Jackson (12), Frederique Maloley (9), Mia Chambers (9), Bria Jacobs (7), Bailey Toothman (6), Madie Summers (5), Megan Kisner (4), Hailey Skiles (4), Alyssa Satterfield (4), and Jocelyn Countryman (1). Toothman also had a big day on the glass, pulling down 11 boards, while Jacobs had six assists in the contest to lead her team in that category.
“We came out from the tip and provided lots of energy,” said Grafton head coach Andrew Moore. “We were able to jump on them early and it allowed us to set up in our press. With us able to provide ball pressure, we created a lot of turnovers to help us ease into some easy baskets. Meredith had another great game and Tori had an impressive game as well. And we are lucky to have a great bench that we can lean on. Mia and Fred came in and provided us with nine points each. We are also lucky to have such a great crowd to help provide the girls with the energy they need to get off to a quick start.”
The Lady Cats also welcomed back former players for Alumni Night, which was a huge hit with fans, coaches, players, and staff.
“I would like to thank all the alumni players for coming back and taking part in our recognition night,” Moore went on to say. “We welcomed back 12 former players including five from Flemington High School. It was nice to see some of my former players come back as they all hold a special place in my heart.”
Building off their current momentum, the Lady Cats would host RCB at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium the very next evening in an important Big 10 matchup.
After exploding for 21 first quarter points and taking a commanding 33-16 lead into the locker room at halftime, Grafton would cruise in the second half to a 51-33 victory.
Junior Bria Jacobs led all scorers with 15 points, followed by senior Bailey Toothman with nine. Tori Jackson added seven points and two assists, while Megan Kisner chipped in six points and three rebounds. Alyssa Satterfield, Madie Summers, and Meredith Maier each had four points, while Maier also pulled down six rebounds.
“Bria had a great first half and Bailey really established herself in the paint,” Moore said after the game. “We once again got some great contributions from the bench including from Megan and Madie. I am very proud of those two players as they provide a lot of great length and energy for our defense.”
Moore had to be worried about his team’s energy, as they played five games in an eight-day span.
“I was worried about us not being able to keep the same energy we had the past four games,” Moore explained. “We got off to a somewhat slow start but finally found our groove, capped off by a 19-0 run to the end the first quarter. Although we didn’t shoot the ball exceptionally well, our defense was able to force them into 25 turnovers on the night.”
The Lady Cats were back in action last night as they traveled to Berkeley Springs for the first of a two-day eastern-panhandle trip. They will conclude the trip with a game at Hedgesville today at 12:30pm.