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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

A learning season for the Lady Bobcats


March 8, 2018


Lady Bobcat Aspen Jensen looks for an open teammate in the Lady 'Cats 37-16 loss to Newcastle during the 3A East regional tournament at Douglas High School.

THERMOPOLIS - The Hot Springs County Lady Bobcats basketball season came to an end last Friday at Douglas High School during the 3A East regional tournament.

The Lady Bobcats lost to No. 1-ranked and undefeated Douglas 62-23 in the quarterfinals of the tournament. McKenna Bomengen led the team in scoring with six points and had six rebounds. Sesi Jensen and Aspen Jensen were the team's second-leading scorers with five points each.

"With the exception of a couple of girls, this was the first regional tourney experience for the rest of our girls. I thought the girls did a good job of attacking Douglas early in the game. Our girls did some good things throughout the game but just couldn't keep pace with the undefeated Lady Bearcats. It was disappointing to only get to the free-throw line only four times. I was proud of our girls for battling until the final buzzer," said HSCHS girls basketball coach Cory Sova.

The loss sent the Lady 'Cats to the consolation bracket and pitted them against the Newcastle Lady Dogies, in an elimination game. Sadly, for the Lady 'Cats, they were unable to extend their season as they could not find their offensive rhythm and fell to the Lady Dogies, 37-16.

"This was a very frustrating game for all involved. We really struggled shooting the ball. If we would have shot just 32 percent, and even less if any were 3-pointers, it would have been enough to win the game," said Sova.

With the exception of a few layups, defensively the Lady 'Cats were solid, making Newcastle work for their points. They even took care of the ball committing only 10 turnovers.

The shots just were not falling for the Lady 'Cats as they went 4-47 from the field. They had good looks at the basket all game whether that was running their offense or second-chance looks off offensive rebounds, to which they pulled down 14 for the game. The rims at Douglas High School just were not kind to the Lady 'Cats.

"We did allow a couple of easy baskets as we had to extend our defense in an effort to change the pace of the game because of our offensive struggles. As I have all year, I really appreciated our girls' effort. We were in severe foul trouble which added to our frustration. McKenna and Sesi had very limited minutes which really hurt. Again, all 12 girls were able to get on the floor and gain some more experience," said Sova.

Senior Haley McDermott led the Lady 'Cats with four points, Aspen Jensen had three and Bomengen, Hailie Weber and Emme Norsworthy, had two each.

The game also marked the final game of McDermott's career. The Lady 'Cats lone senior led her team on and off the court and was an exemplary role model for her teammates.

"We will obviously miss Haley. I couldn't have asked for a better young lady to lead our team and program this year. Her priorities of scholarship, leadership, kindness, participation in activities/athletics, and community service are definitely a good message to our young girls," said Sova.

The Lady 'Cats finished the season with a 7-14 record and considering how young the team was this season, Sova and his staff were proud of the effort and tenacity each player brought to the court and how they took care of business in the classroom as well.

"With 18 of our 19 girls in the program being freshman and sophomores, the coaches were impressed how they showed resiliency and kept at it. Additionally, all of these girls are very good students, which is awesome; they always took care of their responsibilities in the classroom," said Sova.


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