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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Lady Bobcats preparing for big 3A East conference game

 

January 24, 2018

DAILY NEWS/ Alex Kuhn

Lady Bobcat Ashley McPhie finds an open teammate during the Lady Bobcats game against Worland on Jan. 18 at Hot Springs County High School.

WORLAND - As it stands now, the Hot Springs Lady Bobcats basketball team sits third in the 3A East-West division standings. Last week the Lady Bobcats beat Worland, in overtime, 53-48 Thursday night, and then the following day lost to No. 3-ranked Buffalo 75-37.

Following up a big victory with a 38-point loss is not ideal but the Lady 'Cats (6-7 overall, 1-1 in 3A East-West division) are in position to take command of the No. 2 spot in the division, they host the Rawlins Lady Outlaws (6-6 overall, 1-0 in 3A East-West division) Friday at 5:30 p.m.

"We only have one game this week and it is another huge conference quadrant game against Rawlins on Friday. They are very athletic with good size and run the floor well. We will have to focus on not allowing any easy hoops, rebounding better than we have all year, taking care of the basketball and finally, running our offense with aggression and precision," said HSCHS girls basketball coach Cory Sova.

Resiliency and short memories have been some of the defining traits of this young Lady 'Cats team and the loss to Buffalo, while a disappointment, will not be a setback.

Taking into account they battled a tough Lady Warriors team the night before, the Lady 'Cats were still hanging with the Lady Bison and only trailed by 13 points with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. But after that mark, the fatigue from the night before set in, which is when Buffalo went on a 30-5 run to close out the game.

"Buffalo shot the ball well throughout the game and Kaydin Davis, Buffalo's left-handed point guard, had 27 points including making five 3-pointers. We had a decent first quarter scoring 15 points but had a hard time keeping the pace. We actually were only down 45-32 with 4:00 left in the third but the last 12 minutes of the contest wasn't pretty. We were obviously mentally and physically wore out from the Worland game just less than 24 hours earlier," said Sova.

One impressive stat from the Lady 'Cats loss to the Lady Bison was their low turnover total. Buffalo did apply pressure and to Thermopolis' credit, they took care of the basketball, committing only 13 turnovers compared to the 26 they had against Worland.

"We will learn from this performance and keep building on our strengths and addressing our weaknesses. These girls are willing to work and have a lot of fun, but are serious about the game. I expect them to bounce back quickly. A positive for the Buffalo game was us only committing 13 turnovers against some pretty heavy pressure versus some very good athletes. This was a big improvement compared to the Worland game but with Buffalo's ability to shoot the ball that night, it was just too much for us," said Sova.

One area Sova wants his team to clean up is their rebounding, with an athletic and tall Rawlins team coming to town Friday. The Lady 'Cats will have to correct that part of their game if they want to move up the division standings.

"Rebounding was again a concern; there was a lot of standing and watching on our part. We gave up 17 offensive rebounds and only got 12 defensive rebounds, which is a terrible ratio. They had 12 points alone on easy offensive putbacks. We simply have to clean that up. A lot of this was mental and is something we have to take care of even when physically and mentally tired," said Sova.

 
 

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