The Cuba Middle School girls basketball teams won three out of four games last week. The Lady Wildcats split a pair of games with Steelville and then took two from Bourbon.
Cuba hosted Steelville on November 5 and the seventh grade fell to the Cardinals 26-14.
“Even though it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, I thought our girls played really well,” said Coach Lorelei Rice.
Teddy Sharp led Cuba with five points, while Ellymae Schearer scored four, Maggie Howard three, and Courtney Caron two.
The eighth grade had a much better time in Steelville. After jumping ahead of the Cards 14-2 in the opening quarter, the Lady Cats led 27-6 at the half before cruising to a 41-10 victory.
“I thought we set the tone early in this game with our defensive pressure, and our ability to finish in transition,” said Coach Randy Bouse. “Our defense was outstanding. Whenever you can hold a solid program like Steelville to 10 points, it’s something to be proud of.”
Tyra Haffer had a big night for the Lady Wildcats with 16 points. Kaylee Fulliam and Morgan Pilkenton added six each, Hallie McMillian and Sharp five each, and Hailey Shockman three.
The Lady Wildcats also hosted Bourbon on November 7. This time the seventh grade came away with a 28-12 victory, while the eighth graders won 51-3.
“I’m excited for them to see positive results from all the hard work they’ve put in,” Coach Rice said.
Caron led the Cats with nine points, followed by Shockley with six and Rylee Black with with five. Bailey Godat added four, and Sharp and Shearer each scored two.
The seventh grade finished their regular season with a record of 4-7
The eighth grade was also closing out its regular season and were never challenged by the Warhawks after jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Cuba led 36-0 at the half and 44-3 at the end of the third quarter before winning by 48 points.
“Our focus was to go out and just play our game and I thought we did that in every aspect,” Coach Bouse said. “We continue to play outstanding defense, which helps on the offensive end. Whenever you can hold an opponent scoreless for a half, it’s quite an accomplishment.”
All nine members of the team scored against Bourbon. Millian had 16, Haffer 15, McKenna Shelton six, Fulliam, Sharp, and Neela Bast three each, Pilkenton and Shockley two each, and Black one.
The Lady Wildcats will close out their season with a pair of tournaments next week. The eighth grade will host their annual tournament Monday through Thursday, while the seventh grade will be at the Oak Hill tourney Tuesday through Friday,
“I really believe we are playing our best basketball right now and we look forward to finishing our season strong,” said Coach Bouse.
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