The Lady Wildcats of Richfield High School picked up two big wins on their home court in Richfield last week. The first was a 62-56 victory over Carbon’s fifth ranked Lady Dinos, Jan. 21. The second win came from a hard-fought bout that went into overtime against Emery’s Lady Spartans, 61-58, Jan. 23.
The matchup with Carbon kicked off with the Lady ’Cats taking an early 19-11 point lead by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Dinos fought back during the second stanza posting 19 points and holding the Lady ’Cats to just eight points, which turned their eight point deficit into a three point lead at halftime.
The Lady ’Cats came out strong after the break putting 17 points on the scoreboard to the Lady Dinos’ 12 points to reclaim the lead going into the final eight minutes. The Lady ’Cats pushed forward and extended their two point lead into a six point victory over the Lady Dinos.
Both squads shot 78 percent from the line sinking 14 of 18 attempts. The Lady ’Cats hit 22 from the field to Carbon’s 19 buckets.
Passion Reitz led the ’Cat pack hitting two 3-pointers for six of her 22 points. She also grabbed four rebounds, assisted seven times and stole the ball three times from Carbon. Sipola Vakautakakala followed with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Jordyn Moon put up 11 points, six of which came from two treys. She also pulled down three boards, had three assists and three steals for the Lady ’Cats. Nicole Willardson scored six points, nabbed two rebounds and had two assists. Jacee Albrecht posted four points and a rebound, while Jarica Steck had two points, five boards and three assists during the Lady ’Cats winning effort.
The tough bout with the Lady Spartans started with Emery taking a 12-8 lead by the end of the first eight-minute stretch. They extended the lead to 10 points during the second quarter, 24-14. The Lady ’Cats regrouped and came out tough after halftime putting 22 points on the scoreboard, while holding the Lady Spartans’ to eight points. This hot streak turned the Lady ’Cats’ 10-point deficit into a four-point lead.
During an energetic and exciting fourth stanza, the Lady Spartans tied the game at 50 sending the battle into overtime where the Lady ’Cats posted 11 points to the Lady Spartans’ eight points to secure the victory.
While the Lady Spartans hit at 68 percent from the free-throw line, the Lady ’Cats struggled shooting 48 percent. Emery had seven 3-pointers during the matchup to the Lady ’Cats’ three treys. Field goals made the difference for the Lady ’Cats. They found the bottom of the bucket 22 times to the Lady Spartans’ 19 baskets.
Steck put up 23 points for the Lady ’Cats, in addition to pulling down three rebounds, had three assists and three steals. Vakautakakala scored 10 points, nabbed 12 boards and stole the ball once. Willardson chalked nine points and seven rebounds. Reitz had six points, four rebounds and seven assists. Moon and Albrecht both scored five points and snagged four rebounds. Moon also assisted three times and stole the ball four times from the Lady Spartans. Amanda Oldroyd nailed one from downtown for her three points, in addition to two rebounds and a steal for the Lady ’Cats.
The Lady ’Cats are currently ranked third in the 3A division with a 5-1 record in region play and a 14-4 overall record.
The Lady ’Cats will be on the road for their next three matchups. First, in Blanding against San Juan’s Lady Broncos Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Their second game will be in Moab against the Grand’s Lady Red Devils Saturday, Feb. 1. The time of the game against Grand has yet to be determined. The Lady ’Cats will then travel to Price for a second bout against the Lady Dinos of Carbon Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. The final game of regular region play will be on the Lady ’Cats home court in Richfield against inter-county rivals, the first ranked Lady Rams of South Sevier Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.