Lady Cats Dominate the Court at Home Invitational
With a new offense and the addition of a few new faces, the Lady Cats looked at the LHS Invitational as a crucial tournament. The changes showed in the offense as they put up big numbers.
“We had better ball movement and a faster paced game,” Brook Vaughan, junior guard, said. “It gets us working better as a team.”
The adjustments to the offense helped Louisburg defeat Turner 59-40, Osawatomie 59-49 and Saint James Academy 59-46 to seal a first place finish.
In the first round the Lady Cats faced sixth seeded Turner. They jumped out to a quick 17-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 59-40 finish. Vaughan led all scorers with 20 as Brooke Frazier, Kacie Geiman and Lark Hutchison scored nine, eight and seven respectively.
“We did a good job of getting the ball into our posts and hitting open jump shots” Natalie Moore, freshman guard, said.
Osawatomie was the next opponent in the semifinals and the offense did not slow down as the Lady Cats controlled the game from the tip. Closing the first half with a lead of 30-24, they needed to come out strong for the final half. Frazier and Hutchinson delivered in excellent fashion with 16 and 15 points. A 17 point fourth quarter kept the Trojans at bay to finish 59-49.
“There was good balance throughout the week,” Jarrod Worthington, head coach, said.
Good balance was prominent as the Cats headed into the final game against Saint James, jumping out to a 36-16 lead at halftime. Louisburg never worried, even with a 30 point second half from the Thunder. Louisburg controlled the game and finished with a 13-point margin, winning 59-46. Vaughan scored 15 to lead all scorers, as Anna Bell finished with 14. Hutchison, Frazier and Cheyenne Henderson added nine, seven, and six of their own.