YATES CENTER — The tank looked to be on “E” by the end of Friday’s contest for the Yates Center High’s girls.
The Wildcats kept pace with visiting Neodesha High through the first three quarters, but playing their fourth game in a week seemed to catch up with Yates Center down the stretch.
Neodesha closed the game with a 19-4 run to seal a 64-41 victory.
The loss puts Yates Center at 7-12 at the conclusion of the regular season. The Wildcats begin the Class 1A regional playoffs Tuesday at home against Flinthills.
The other key, according to Wildcat head coach Abbie Collins, was Neodesha standout Taylor Giger, who scored a game-high 22 points.
“She really took over down the stretch,” Collins said. “She’s a good player.”
Neodesha led 16-14 after one period and 30-24 at the break. The Bluestreak cushion stood at eight points, 45-37, after three periods.
Drew Spencer led the Wildcats with 10 points. Kassy Reynolds handled seven rebounds. Cherokee Shaffer had four steals.
Kelsa Noeller had 15 and Jordan Wheeler added 12 for the Bluestreaks.
Neodesha also won the junior varsity contest 34-30. Allie Bruner paced Yates Center’s JV with 14 points.
Yates Center (14-10-13-4—41): Hartwig 0-0-1-0, Spencer 5-0-2-10, Reynolds 4-1-3-9, Douglas 2-2-3-6, Adams 1-0-0-2, Shafer 4-0-4-8, Baker 3-0-2-6. TOTALS: 19-3-15-41.
Neodesha (16-14-15-19—64) (FG/3pt): Schoonover 2-0-1-4, Giger 8/1-3-1-22, Wheeler 6-0-3-12, Pearson 1-0-1-2, Farmer 3-0-3-6, Rohling 1-1-0-3, Noeller 7-1-4-15. TOTALS: 28/1-5-13-64.
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