After playing one of their best offensive games of the season in a five-point nonconference loss at Woodbury Thursday, Jan. 3, the Wildcat girls' basketball team overcame a cold spell midway through the second half to pull out a 60-56 Big Rivers Conference win in overtime against Eau Claire Memorial two nights later.
The Cats got 31 points from Kylie Strop and 19 from Abby Doerre Thursday at Woodbury but it wasn't enough in a 72-67 loss to the Royals.
Saturday night Strop scored 25 and Bailey Reardon added 22, much of it late in the second half and overtime, to give the Cats their second BRC victory of the season.
After taking a 26-18 lead into the second half, the Cats allowed the Old Abes back into the game before pulling it out in the end.
Head coach Ian Sticht said Memorial used long possessions and good shot selection to eventually take the lead.
"We were able to limit their second chances really well, but in the second half they went 14 minutes and only missed two shots, while we went cold and allowed them back into the game," he said. "Late in the game, we were able to hold our composure and when Memorial took a lead late, we were able to get the ball inside to Bailey. In overtime, again we got down right away, but held our composure and were able to get great looks around the basket and convert free throws when we needed them most."
Strop and Reardon both finished with double-doubles in the win with Strop pulling down 13 rebounds to go with her 25 points and Reardon grabbing 12 boards with 22 points. Doerre contributed seven rebounds and five assists and Maddi Kealy had seven rebounds while Kealy and Reardon blocked two shots each.
Two nights earlier the Cats posted their second-highest point total of the season and only turned the ball over 11 times but came out on a short end of a 72-67 loss at Woodbury.
River Falls held Woodbury's top two scorers to 11 points total but four other Royals scored in double figures.
"We were hampered with some foul trouble in the second half, which allowed Woodbury to exploit some matchups," Sticht said.
Reardon contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds in the loss while 15 of Doerre's 19 points came from beyond the three-point arc. Stitch also had good words for the defensive play of Doerre and Taylor Weick against Woodbury's top two scorers.
"Abby Doerre and Taylor Weick have both developed into two defenders that can lock down the other team's best player," he said.
The Wildcats, now 5-5 overall, 2-3 in BRC play, visited Prescott (9-0) for a nonconference game Tuesday, Jan. 8 before returning to conference play on the road against BRC leader Chippewa Falls (7-3, 5-0) Friday, Jan. 11.