The 2018-19 basketball season officially tipped off for girls’ teams in the area.
It was a successful debut for the Holly Lady Wildcats in Class 2A as they went on the road on Saturday and defeated Swallows Charter Academy, 83-28, in a District 6 opener in Pueblo West.
Holly raced to a 24-6 lead after the opening quarter. By halftime, the Lady Wildcats had extended their lead to 41-16. In the third quarter, Holly outscored the Spartans, 25-8, and 17-4 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wildcats scored 25 points each in two of the quarters of the game.
Mercedes Rodriguez led Holly in scoring with 28 points and Kallie Cathcart chipped in with 23 points.
“It was a good start to the season,” said first-year Holly head coach Eric Jensen. “We came out and played aggressive for all four quarters.”
Holly plays twice this week when they travel to face Springfield on Friday, Dec. 7 with action getting started at 4 p.m.
The Wildcats will host their first home game against Rocky Ford in another District 6 contest on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m.
In Class 1A basketball, the Granada Lady Bobcats opened with a 31-27 victory at Manzanola on Friday, Nov. 30.
Manzanola held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and remained on top 19-16 at the half.
Granada trailed by two points, 22-20, after the third quarter before they outscored Manzy, 11-5, to rally for the victory.
Granada will compete in the Border Wars Tournament host by Syracuse High School. The Bobcats play Johnson, Ks. at 1:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 4; Tribune, Ks. at 4:30 on Friday, Dec. 7; and Elkhart, Ks. at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Wiley Lady Panthers got the season off on the right foot as they defeated Flagler/Hi-Plains, 57-37, on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Wiley took a 12-5 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Panthers built their lead to 34-12 at the half.
The score stood 44-25 in favor of Wiley after the third quarter. The Panthers outscored Flagler/Hi-Plains, 13-12, in the fourth quarter.
“We struggled with 25 turnovers but had 24 steals,” said Wiley head coach Steve Phillips. “That kind of set the pace but our defense was big for us.”
Sophomore Taira Weber led the Panthers with 12 points and senior Marisa Vazquez had 11. Macy Rowan followed with 8 points each and Cassidie States had 5 points.
This week, the Panthers host Cheyenne Wells on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and then will entertain defending state champion and No. 1 state-ranked Kit Carson on Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:00.
The No. 6 state-ranked McClave Lady Cardinals won their season opener with a 48-16 victory at Stratton/Liberty on Friday, Nov. 30.
McClave took a 15-2 lead after the first quarter and held a 24-2 advantage at the half. The Lady Cardinals extend that lead to 42-4 after the third quarter.
Jordan Parker led the Cardinals with 12 points. Anna Beckett followed with 11 points, Alexa Gomez had 7, Shaina Encisco had 5, Kaitlyn Roesch 4, and Katie Bronniman had 4 points.
“It was a good win for us,” said McClave head coach Brian Dunning. “The heart and hustle was there, but we’ve got things to work on.”
McClave will compete in the Border Wars Tournament host by Syracuse High School this week.
The Cardinals play Tribune, Ks. at 1:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 4; Syracuse, Ks. at 4:30 on Friday, Dec. 7; and Johnson, Ks. at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.