The Harrison / Willow Creek Lady Wildcats took on the Ennis Lady Mustangs in an epic matchup Friday night in Harrison, narrowly escaping with a 26-24 win as both teams fought to out play one another with hustle and aggressive defense.
Harrison junior Kristen White led the Wildcats with a game-high seven points, five rebounds and three steals on their way to victory. Going in to the game White said the team’s focus was on executing the offense, but the Lady Mustangs’ defense made that more difficult than they expected.
“They played really scrappy,” said White. “They definitely are a really good defensive team.”
Ennis junior Haley Nestegard put up a team high six points for the Lady Mustangs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lady Wildcats in the low scoring game. Ennis could very well have put up enough points for the win were it not for Harrison sophomore Britt Cooper, who blocked four shots and put up five points for the Lady Wildcats in their winning effort. At one point, it almost seemed that Cooper put up an obstacle that Ennis could not find a way to get around.
“I counted four, and I wasn’t watching the whole time,” White said of Cooper’s blocked shots. “We like that she’s on our team.”
Cooper said the Lady Wildcats’ strategy was to force turnovers from Ennis and minimize their own mistakes, and she credited the Lady Mustangs for their effort.
“They were really good defenders,” she said. “They wouldn’t let us in the paint.”
While she humbly accepted credit for her role in the game’s outcome, Cooper rejected the notion that she’s a defensive star.
“That’s my weak spot,” Cooper explained of her individual game. “I can block, but I can’t move my feet.”
When asked how the Lady Wildcats would carry the momentum coming off of Friday nights win, Cooper paused a moment before responding.
“Keep our heads, keep fighting through everything, never give up and try our best,” she said.
Dietz 2 pts.
Martello 4 pts.
Griffis, K. 5 pts.
Nestegard 6 pts.
McNally 2 pts.
Fredrickson 5 pts.
HARRISON / WILLOW CREEK
Panagakis 1 pts.
White 7 pts.
Cooper 5 pts.
Nesbit, J. 4 pts.
DeFrance 1 pt.
Nesbit, A. 2 pts.
Wilson 6 pts.