Lady Wildcats Dominate in District Championship

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Waterford and Portsmouth Notre Dame, the top seeded teams in the Division IV upper district bracket, battled for the district title, but only Waterford played to its ranking winning 65-26.

In the first quarter, Waterford had a small 9-8 lead, but a suppressing defense kicked in the Wildcats never let up. Waterford only gave up two more points in the first and ended the quarter up 25-10.

The Lady Titans never scored more than 10 in a quarter again after the first. Notre Dame only scored four in the second quarter and only 12 more in the entire second half. Hagen Schaefer, who was instrumental in getting Notre Dame over Belpre in the previous game, only scored eight points.

Notre Dame was rustled by the Lady Wildcat press, giving up 29 turnovers and 17 in the first half. Dani Drayer secured seven steals and Erin Roush tacked on five more.

On offense, Waterford was killer in the paint, scoring the majority of its points under the basket.  Alli Kern led the Lady Wildcats with 18 points, half of which were behind the arc. Porter, the main player under the net, had 15 points and five rebounds. Drayer rounded out Waterford with 12.

Waterford was expected to be undersized, but it didn’t matter.  The Wildcats were just too solid and did to the Titans what they have done to every other team they played.  Waterford has displayed its strong fundamentals before, but they are tournament ready.

The Wildcats won their fourth consecutive district championship and tenth overall. Waterford will advance to take on South Webster in the regional semifinal on March 3.