By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor
HUMBOLDT — Teams get up for a rivalry game. Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs, though winless through 11 games, showed some spark Thursday at home against Yates Center High’s Wildcats.
Both teams were 0-5 in Tri-Valley League play.
A three-pointer by Taylyn Wells and Kindahl Young’s putback had the Lady Cubs up 7-4 with 3:35 left in the first quarter.
It didn’t last as Yates Center went on a 10-2 run to take the lead. The Wildcats went on to a 53-21 victory.
“Once we got started we did alright. Kassy Reynolds and Cherokee Shaffer had good games for us,” said Abbie Collins, Yates Center head coach.
Autumn Douglas had back-to-back baskets to kick start the Wildcat run. Jessica Hartwig and Reynolds pushed it to 12-7. Hartwig’s steal and layup made it 14-9 by the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats pushed on in a 15-3 scoring spree in the second period. Yates Center controlled a 29-12 halftime lead.
“We had a good start to the game. Then when we led 7-4, it seemed like the girls just stopped playing,” said Jeff Wilkerson, Humboldt head coach.
Things didn’t get any better in the second half. The Wildcats held a 24-9 scoring edge over the two quarters.
Reynolds finished with 22 points. Drew Spencer had three steals. Shaffer had 10 rebounds and five steals for the Cats.
Wells led Humboldt with 14 points.
Yates Center (1-5, 6-6) hosts Burlington tonight. Humboldt (0-6, 0-12) hosts Fredonia.
Yates Center also won a two-quarter junior varsity game Thursday.
Yates Center (14-15-18-6—53) (FG/3-pt): Hartwig 2-0-4-4, Spencer 3-1-3-7, Reynolds 8-6-2-22, Douglas 2-3-2-7, Adams 1-0-0-2, Shaffer 3-0-3-6, Baker 0/1-0-0-3, Bruner 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 20/1-10-13-53.
Humboldt (9-3-8-1—21) (FG/3-pt): Friederich 0-0-1-0, Fiene 0-0-3-0, Strack 1-0-4-2, Wells 1/3-3-1-14, Young 1-1-4-3, Davidson 1-0-5-2. TOTALS: 4/3-4-18-21.
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