By Greg Perkins
The Lady Cats picked up a pair of easy wins in the middle of last week, then suffered just their fifth overall and second power point loss after a short road trip to Holbrook on Saturday evening.
Playing at St. Johns on Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats made quick work of a struggling, but hard playing Lady Redskin team, coming home with a 61-31 win. As she has done several times this season, senior Searra Hansen proved to be too much to handle inside, scoring 28 points to go with 11 rebounds. Classmate Taylor Hill also played well with 12 points, eight steals and four assists. Kristin Baldwin added 9 points with 15 boards. Sierra Johnstun and Kayla Hughes added 3 each, Madison Fields finished with 4 and Brooke Baldwin helped with 2.
On Wednesday the Lady Cats hosted Cibecue and had little problems in an 81-54 win. Four players scored in double figures led by Kristin Baldwin with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Hughes added 15, and Fields netted 14 with 11 rebounds. Hansen finished with 13, while Hill hit for 9 with nine assists. Brooke Baldwin finished with 3, while Johnstun, Lindi Gardner and Taylor Elmer had 2 each, and Katelyn Pugh, 1.
On Saturday evening the Lady Wildcats made the quick trip to Holbrook, where they met up with a Lady Roadrunner team they had beaten in both earlier meetings, both close contests. Once again this game was close throughout, but in the end the Lady Roadrunners extracted a little revenge with a 55-51 home court win. Holbrook played well in the first only to have the Lady Cats fight back in the second to make it a one-point game at the half. Holbrook pushed the lead to three after three quarters, then hit a couple of crucial three-point shots down the stretch, widening the margin enough to secure a four-point win.
Fields played very well, leading the team with 20 points. Hansen netted 14 before fouling out early in the final period. Kristin Baldwin hit for 10, Hill had 5 and Johnstun added 2.
The Lady Wildcats headed into the final week of the regular season with an overall mark of 17-5 and are now 13-2 in power point contests, ranking them seventh overall in Division IV. After playing at Snowflake on Tuesday, they will host Round Valley on Thursday, Jan. 31, and wrap up the regular season at Valley on Friday, Feb. 1, in Sanders. Joseph City is expected to be the No. 1 seed in Section 3 of Division IV and will open their sectional tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Flagstaff against the No. 8 seed.
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By Greg Perkins