The Wildcats played a competitive game, but dug themselves an early hole, going down 11-0 in the first two minutes of the game. The Eagles scored on their first four possessions, including a Deseraye Conaway three-pointer directly after Mount Everett won the tip. Conaway accounted for five more Eagles points before the quarter would come to a close.
Jenn Morehouse added two three-pointers of her own and Mount Everett rolled to a 19-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Twin Valley switched their defense to emphasize pressure on the outside, guarding the ball better, and holding Mount Everett to 10 points in the second. The Wildcats offense, however, remained stagnant throughout the quarter, and Mount Everett took a comfortable 29-13 halftime lead.
According to assistant coach Chris Walling, filling in for head coach Buddy Hayford, the game was frustrating from the beginning, and the team continued to be a turnover machine, recording 20. “We’re not the kind of team that can spot somebody a lead like we did in the first half and then win. It’s a tough hole to crawl out of,” said Walling.
Only two turnovers came from the point position, however, where Colton Butler and Sammy Cunningham-Darrah each had an impressive game handling the ball and scoring nearly half their team’s points with a combined 12.
The Eagles expanded their lead further in the third, 40-20, as they continued to find open layups and out-rebound the Wildcats 24-19 for the game. The Wildcats had a better fourth quarter, finally outscoring the Eagles 10-5. Abbi Molner led Twin Valley with 11 points, and Cunningham-Darrah had nine. Conaway recorded 19 for the Eagles and Morehouse scored 14.
The Wildcats travel to Leland & Gray tonight at 7:30 pm.