Cashion Head Coach Andrea Taylor knew her team would have to shoot well to get Watonga out of their zone. That’s all Watonga runs. With a lanky and athletic starting five, the Lady Eagles can cause opposing offenses havoc with their zone defense. But then the LadyCats shot them out of it in the first quarter.
Neeley Tilley-Bedick caught the ball at the leftwing and knocked down the LadyCats’ first three of the game. Two minutes later, Cedar Stewart knocked down back-to-back three’s to put Cashion ahead 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. Those baskets did their job, forcing Watonga to go man-to-man.
Kaitin Taylor opened the second quarter with a three of her own, but then the LadyCats would go cold. That would be the only made basket of the quarter, as Watonga closed the half on a 9-3 run to take a 20-19 lead at halftime.
“We were able to shoot them out of their zone in the first quarter and then they switched to man and we didn’t expect that because they never run man defense,” Taylor said. “We lost control in the second quarter and let our emotions get the best of us and things got away from us a little.”
The LadyCats adjusted their game plan at halftime and found ways to attack the Watonga defense. That’s when Kaitin Taylor got into a rhythm.
Taylor scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half, eight of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Leading 28-25 with 6:12 to go, Taylor blew past her defender before knocking down a mid-range jump shot to extend the LadyCat lead back to five. After a Watonga three on the other end, Taylor came off a Brook Shelly pick-and-roll, knocking down another jump shot with 5:20 to go. That would be as close as Watonga would get as Cashion closed the game on an 11-4 run to pick up a big win on Homecoming night.
“Kaitin has a great pull up jumper and for some reason, she has gone away from that the last couple of games,” Taylor said. “She told me tonight that she remembered that she has a pull-up jumper. That’s why at the end of the game we want the ball in her hands.”
The #14 Wildcats will be back in action tonight when they travel to Hennessey. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.