Lady Cats fall in first round of sectional play

Program bids bittersweet farewell to four seniors and assistant coach, looks to rebuild next season

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcats concluded their season on Wednesday, falling in the first round of sectional play to powerhouse Fairmont Senior.

With a final of 85-21, the Lady Polar Bears proved how they got to be one of the top ranked teams in the state. 

Much like the rest of the season, the Lady Cats struggled to get into the paint and saw just six made field goals throughout the contest, while the remainder of the team’s points would come from the foul line. 

Senior Alyssa Satterfield led scoring for the Lady Cats with eight.

Satterfield, along with Izzy Swiger, Sydney Friend and Amber Smith have concluded their time as Lady Bearcats and have each left a memorable mark on the program. 

“I want to thank our seniors again for their time and dedication to our program,” said Head Coach Andrew Moore. “It has been an up and down four years for them, but they stuck together. We’d like to wish them the best in the next chapter of their lives as they are the authors. Write your own story ladies.”

And while it’s never easy to end a season that way, Moore noted that there is much to look forward to in the season ahead. 

“As I mentioned in the locker room after our last game, hopefully our younger players have learned some lessons along the way provided by our seniors that will help them become not only a better player but a better person,” he revealed. 

According to Moore, junior Nevaeh Johnson, sophomores Jodi Keene, Kambree Delaney, Emma Johnson and freshman Hadley Horne all received valuable playing time this season, that they can build off of during the off-season.

In addition, the program’s junior varsity team finished with a good season, ending just below .500 on the season. 

“The work for next season begins now. We are going to provide them with some skills that they will need to work on and hope that they will buckle down and continue to develop. We are also excited to see the eighth-grade class join us in the summer, as we start to work with them during the live period,” Moore commented. 

Moore also shared that the team would see some changes on the bench next season, as Assistant Coach Becky Kittle will be leaving the program after seven years. 

“Although we will miss her presence on the bench and at practice, we understand that it is time for a change. Thank you Coach Kittle for your dedication over the last seven years, we hope that you enjoy the next chapter of your life,” he expressed. 

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