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Lady Wildcats program is stepping up

Deficit point spreads are narrowing
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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After a rough opening to league play, the Whitney varsity girls have improved their game. Facing Cordova on Wednesday and Antelope on Friday in Capital Athletic League contests, the Lady Wildcats began turning their game around. Antelope outscored the ‘Cats 20-17 in the final period for a 66-54 victory, but Whitney’s play had greatly improved over the week before. The Titans came in with a 14-6 record, but the Wildcats (6-15) defended themselves well. After trailing by 11 in the first quarter, the maroon-and-gold outscored Antelope in the second period, 12-7. The visitors went into intermission with a 25-19 lead. Whitney continued to battle through the final half nearly matching Antelope’s offense by scoring 18-21 in quarter three. However, this did not prove to be enough as the girls fell short in the final stanza. Whitney’s Alex Rodriguez led the team with 19 points. Following Rodriguez was Kristin Ladas with 9. Molly McConnell, Molly Miles, and Tara Armstrong each scored six for the Wildcats. Aiding the offense with four offensive rebounds was Benit Meyer. Leading the defense was Ladas earning five boards and making the only block for the Lady Wildcats. Cordova _ Continuing their improved play the Lady ‘Cats had a strong outing against the Lancers, before falling 50-46 at Cordova. In the game, Rodriguez, Miles, Ladas, and Cassie Goodman scored all 46 points for the Whitney squad. Miles and Goodman each shot 100 percent from the floor. Meyer led in rebounds with five, while Ladas was key for the Whitney defensive pulling off five steals. The Lady Wildcats, 1-4 in the CAL, were scheduled to play Mira Loma, tonight, in their second meeting, and take on Rio Americano, Feb. 7. BOYS BASKETBALL The Whitney High boys basketball team took on the Capital Athletic League’s top team, Tuesday, but weren’t able to pull off the upset. Antelope (5-0 league, 21-1 overall) eventually pulled away for a 66-41 win. During the first quarter, Whitney stayed strong against the Titans and trailed by a mere three points when the buzzer sounded. However, in the second period Antelope found the range to go up 38-26 at halftime. The Titans then turned up the defense to limit the Wildcats to 15 points down the stretch while adding another 28 of their own. Cordova _ The Lancers managed to take over fourth place in the CAL by beating the ‘Cats at home, 54-49. Whitney is now in fifth with a 1-4 league record. Whitney’s two leading scorers Evan Orrick and Sean Smith have struggled as of late as the team has averaged just 44 points in their last three games. Once in the Sacramento Bee’s top 20 teams in the area, the Wildcats are now rated 20th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings. Whitney starts its second round of CAL play entertaining Mira Loma, Friday. They are then scheduled to travel to Rio Americano for a game Feb. 8. So far, the Matadors are the only squad the Wildcats have defeated in league play.