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Bearcat girls notch wins over Ponies and Bears

By Mark Johnson, coach
KCC 66 – WAO 53
The Bearcats continued to wear the tires off the school buses and hit the road Tuesday, Jan. 2 to tangle with the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Ponies. Six of KCC’s first eight games have been played on the road.
KCC jumped out to an early 10-2 lead over the Ponies in the opening minutes of the game. WAO clawed their way back and scored the next 9 points to take their one and only lead of the game at 11-10. The Bearcats efficiently rebuilt their lead over the remainder of the first half on the back of solid defensive play and offensive efficiency. KCC posted a 32-21 lead at the halftime break.
The Bearcats were able to crank it up a notch in the second half. They continued to pull away from the Ponies and built a game high 21-point lead. KCC’s offense shot 56.5 percent from the field in the second half and kept the Warren offensive attack from hitting stride. The only hiccup that the Bearcats faced was down the stretch when their own turnovers allowed the Ponies to chip away at the lead. KCC coasted to the 66-53 win and moved to 6-1 on the season.
We played well, considering it was the first game back after the long holiday break. When you go that long without playing a game it can sometimes be difficult to be sharp in your execution. The girls didn’t allow that to happen, put forth a great effort, and played a solid game.

Scoring leaders: Morgan Turn 20, Kaydence White 14, McKinley Folland 9, Berlyn Strege 8, Afton Lindgren 5, Hanna Warnke 4, Greta Kuznia 4, Aliyah Vig 2
Rebound leaders: McKinley Folland 10, Kaydence White 6, Lily Peterson 5
Assist leaders: Lily Peterson 3, Hanna Warnke 2, Morgan Turn 2, Afton Lindgren 2

KCC 75 – LOW 25
KCC returned to the floor Friday, Jan. 5 in Lancaster in double-header action with the boys’ program against the Lake of the Woods Bears. The girls played the opener with the boys taking the nightcap.
The game did not get off to a quick start for the Bearcats. KCC created quality scoring opportunities in the first four possessions of the game, but someone had left a lid on the basket and the shots just would not fall. When the lid came off, the flood gates opened at the same time and the Bearcats’ defensive pressure overwhelmed their opponent and led to a 47-11 halftime lead for the home team.
The Bearcats continued their dominance in the second half and built a game high 53-point lead. KCC dialed it back and worked on some different defensive looks and used different personal packages through the remainder of the contest. The Bearcats cruised to the 75-25 win and moved their season record to 7-1.
The girls did a good job of staying focused and played with a purpose the entire game. We made the right passes to open teammates and did not get careless on defense. We only gave our opponent three free throws for the entire game. If we can keep that trend going it will serve us well.

Scoring leaders: Morgan Turn 20, Lily Peterson 10, McKinley Folland 10, Kaydence White 9, Greta Kuznia 7, Hanna Warnke 4, Berlyn Strege 4, Afton Lindgren 4, Ellen Hilman 4, Aliyah Vig 2, Hadley Nordin 1
Rebound leaders: McKinley Folland 7 Kaydence White 3
Assist leaders: Berlyn Strege 5, Lily Peterson 3, Morgan Turn 3, McKinley Folland 3


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