BRIDGEPORT— The Lady Bearcats were back in action this week in back-to-back contests, first taking on the Bridgeport Lady Indians on the road, on Wednesday, January 12.
From opening tip, the Lady Cats knew it was going to be a battle, with the experienced and aggressive nature of the Lady Indian roster.
Bridgeport’s Gabby Reep caused problems for Grafton out of the gate, tallying 10 in the opening frame.
While Senior Alyssa Satterfield would connect for a three, as well as a field goal in the first, with Hadley Horne adding two baskets, the Lady Cats found themselves down by six going into the second.
From there the Indians were able to widen their lead before the break, as Reep continued to be a shooting force for Bridgeport, sinking two more from behind the arc, while Grafton would only record two buckets before heading into the half, both of which came from Satterfield.
Coming out of the break down 36-17, the Lady Bearcats attempted to pick up with efforts on offense, working to get back into their rhythm and would see four players add baskets during the opening of the second half.
With a slow in Bridgeport scoring coming out of the break, the Lady Cats were hoping for a comeback still down by 16.
The Lady Indians once again became hot from the three, connecting with hard to guard shots, while most of Grafton’s final points were earned at the free throw line.
The physical contest would end in favor of Bridgeport, 65-38.
Satterfield led the Lady Bearcats with 13, while Horne followed closely with 12.
Reep topped scoring for the Lady Indians recording 28.
The Lady Cats’ Junior Varsity (JV) team also went up against the JV Lady Indians while on the road, suffering a 13-point loss, with Bridgeport’s Kloey Martinez and Kyleigh Pugh combining for 25 of the Indian’s 38 points.
Kelsey Massie led the JV efforts scoring nine, while Lillie Crimm would connect on three field goals to add six.
The young Lady Bearcats didn’t make it easy for the Lady Indians, as they went into the break with four-point lead over the Indians.
However, Bridgeport amped up their shooting and would outscore Grafton 26-9 over the final two quarters to earn the 38-25 victory.
In a quick turnaround, the Lady Cats were right back at in on Thursday with both squads taking on the Lewis County Minute Maids.
While Grafton got off to a strong start, winning the opening frame by three, with a score of 11-8, the Minute Maids fought back, in an exciting contest that remained close through the third quarter.
Nevaeh Johnson and Hadley Horne each drained a three to open play in the first, with the remainder of the Lady Cat’s opening points also coming from Horne, who was dialed in at the rim, claiming two field goals and going one for two at the line.
Lewis County answered Grafton’s triples with a couple of their own from Ella Pinkney and Bryn Hunt. The Minute Maid’s first quarter scoring was rounded out with a lone field goal from Lauren Wyatt, bringing them short of the lead.
Horne remained focused on the basket to start the second adding four more for the Lady Cats, while senior Alyssa Satterfield started to warm up sinking another Grafton three and recording a field goal, to assist in keep them ahead of the Minute Maids by four going into the half time break.
After the break, Lewis County picked up their defensive efforts and were able to stop Horne from continuing her scoring streak, and only allowing the Lady Cats to connect on one field goal during the third, which came from Izzy Swiger.
Satterfield and Jodi Keene fought from the charity stripe, combining to add three to Grafton’s total.
Lewis County’s defense in the third allowed them to take the first lead of the game, with Hunt sinking her third three of the contest and field goal from Wyatt and Pinkney.
Going into the final minutes of play, the Minute Maids had just a one-point advantage over the Lady Cats.
Grafton, however, was unable to hang on and overcome the Minute Maid pressure and committed some costly fouls in the end.
Lewis County took six trips to the foul line in the fourth, capitalizing on the free shots going eight of 12 to help them maintain the edge over Grafton.
For the Lady Bearcats, Keene earned herself two trips to the line and shot 75 percent.
Unfortunately, the slow in Grafton scoring in the fourth, and the uptick of connections with the net made by the Minute Maids brought the contest to a close in favor of Lewis County with a score of 48-37.
Despite being heavily guarded in third, Horne managed to add another bucket in the final frame and led the Lady Cats in scoring with 14, while Satterfield and Keene each contributed eight.
Hunt was the scoring star for Lewis, recording 16.
In JV action with Lewis County and Grafton, the Lady Bearcats struggled at the rim, recording just seven points before the half.
After the break, the JV Lady Cats continued to find difficulty in getting an open look at the basket, going scoreless in the third, while the JV Minute Maids widened their four-point lead by five, entering the final frame with a comfortable nine point advantage.
The fourth would be Grafton’s highest scoring quarter, as the team added six with a bucket each from Caitlyn Boylen, Massie and Regan Knight.
This, however, wouldn’t be enough to overcome the deficit, and the young Lady Cats dropped their contest, as well, by a score of 36-13.
Varsity scoring stats vs. Bridgeport: Hadley Horne: FG- 3, 3PT- 1, FT_ 3/6, TP-12; Izzy Swiger: FG-2, TP-4; Emma Johnson: FG-1, TP-2; Alyssa Satterfield: FG-5, 3PT- 1, FT-0/2, TP-13; Jodi Keene: FG-1, FT- 5/6, TP-7.
JV Scoring stats vs. Bridgeport: Amidy Cook (2), Kelsey Massie (9), Emma Johnson (1), Neveah Swisher (5), Macy Johnson (2), Lillie Crimm (6).
Scoring stats vs. Lewis County: Neveah Johnson: FG-1, 3PT-1 TP-5; Hadley Horne: FG-4, 3PT- 1, FT- 3/9, TP- 14; Alyssa Satterfield: FG-2, 3PT-1 FT-1/2, TP-8; Izzy Swiger: FG-1, TP-2; Jodi Keene: FG-1, FT- 6/9 TP-8.
JV Scoring stats vs. Bridgeport: Caitlyn Boylen (2), Kelsey Massie (4), Emma Johnson (2), Regan Knight (2), Lillie Crimm (3).