Sporting WCA

Girls Basketball Drops Season Opener to Marquette

The Lady Wildcats season lost to Marquette in their season opener Tuesday night at Westminster by a score of 58-46.

The Cats played a very hard fought game, but Marquette simply had a deeper team and were able to outlast the 7 person WCA team. Westminster hung with the Mustangs throughout the first half. Kiley Mckee, Junior guard, got the season started with a layup in the half court offense. From that moment the teams traded baskets until Sophomore Carsyn Beachy checked into the game. Beachy’s impact was immediate. On her first trip down the court she knocked down a three, the first of her 3 baskets in a row. Beachy racked up a couple steals that lead to transition hoops for the Cats who were tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter, and up by a basket at the half.

In the third quarter it became apparent that the depth and athleticism of Marquette would be too much for the Cats. Because the same people were always on the court for WCA the Mustangs began to get more points in transition and force more turnovers. Halfway through the final period Marquette took a 20 point lead. The Wildcats regained some energy and were able to cut the deficit to 12 before the final buzzer.

As happens in any first game, the team learned a lot about what they can expect this season.

“This being our first game was in a lot of ways successful for us. Although we lost, it showed that we have the potential to win some games this year,” said Senior captain Jordan Haeusser. “We look a lot better than we did last year at this time and the team is meshing well. We now know our strengths and weaknesses and can work to improve those in practice.”

The team will get back on the court November 28th in the Troy Tournament. Hauesser had a lot to say about what the team wanted to accomplish in their next couple of games.

“The troy tourney is a great opportunity for us to win some games and gain some confidence going into next week against MICDS. We just need to keep moving the ball, playing good D, and playing the game at our pace. We have a lot of opportunities to succeed, and I think we will.”

Come out and cheer on the Lady Cats in their next home game on December 6th against MICDS.