By Greg Perkins
The Lady Wildcats picked up two quality wins, then dropped a close game to Red Mesa in last week’s action.
Last Wednesday the Wildcats handled Mogollon fairly easily, taking down the Lady Mustangs 68-46.
On Friday the Lady Cats were on the road in St. Johns, where they edged the home team on the scoreboard in each quarter, eventually coming home with a 43-33 win. Joseph City led by three at the close of the first and by four at the half. The lead grew to seven heading to the fourth then the Wildcats had their best quarter, scoring 14 in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Madison Fields led the way with 16 points. Brooke Baldwin added 12; Katelyn Pugh, 8; Krista Edwards, 4; Lindi Gardner, 2; and Amanda Baldwin, 1.
Saturday’s home contest against third ranked Red Mesa, which came in with a power point record of 13-1, proved to be a great game. Joseph City held the early advantage, scoring 19 points in the first to lead by eight. Both teams lit up the nets in the second, combining to score 46 points with the Wildcats still holding a 41-35 halftime edge. The third period was Joseph City’s downfall. That six-point lead vanished and turned into a four-point deficit heading to the final quarter. In the fourth the Cats rallied, but came up two points short, losing 68-66 in a thriller.
Fields did her part, scoring 25 points. Edwards added 15; Brooke Baldwin and Pugh, 10 each; and Gardner, 6.
The Wildcats head into the final week of the season ranked 12th in the Division IV power point rankings, but they sit first in Section 3, meaning they will most likely be the top seed when the section tournament begins next week.
They will play their final game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 7, when they travel to Ray, which is currently third in Section III and 22nd overall. Joseph City’s overall mark is now 18-4.
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By Greg Perkins