Lady Cats overcome challenges and finish season strong


GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat Soccer season ended last week.

The Lady Bearcats finished their season with an overall record of 5-12-2, and a Big 10 Conference record of 0-8-2; twelfth of the thirteen teams in the Big 10 conference.

After finishing second in the Big 10 last year and the uncertainty of Covid-19, this season proved to be a very challenging one for the Lady Cats. With only one returning three-year varsity letterman and starter this was a rebuilding year for the team.

“We needed tactical game experience. In only four of our games were we outmatched by our opponent and seven games were decided by one goal or less.  With every game we got better, and the Lady Bearcats battled for all 80 minutes in every game.  They faced every challenge with perseverance and “never quit” inner drive!  I am very proud of the way they battled.” Coach Isner stated.

The Lady Bearcats were led this year by Senior Kadie Dunham with 14 points, 17 steals and 12 interceptions.

The team was also aided this year by strong underclassmen with solid performances, who will be the backbone of the team going forward.

Sophomore Addie Tucker had nine points on the season with seven steals.  While Junior Brenna Wilson also commanded respect with five points and two steals.

“I am also very proud of our team and what we accomplished. The Ladies were committed to each other and to our season, and we finished our season together, not losing anyone to COVID.  We had some temporary interruptions to training with some players quarantined, and we had to adjust our schedule, but we proved that living life during COVID is more than doable,”  Coach Isner noted.

 “We adapted to circumstances, we overcame daily challenges and we trained hard and with purpose, perfecting our game and gaining experience.  We finished strong!  We won our first game in the Sectional Tournament and got a rematch with Philip Barbour.  After a crushing defeat, 10-0 at the beginning of the season, we played much better in the Sectional Semi-Finals.  We lost 3-0, but we held them scoreless for 70 minutes and this is the Lady Bearcat “never quit” mentality,” she added.

We want to wish our Lady Bearcats  good luck as the post season honors and awards for All-Conference, All Region and All State will be out next week. 

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