A defensive battle showed itself on the hardwood Tuesday night as the Palestine Ladycats and the Cayuga Ladycats played each other.
The Palestine Ladycats came away with the 38-34 win, and both sides played exceptional defense.
Late in the second quarter, pressure was mounting as both squads started to get antsy about the game. Cayuga had an 18-13 lead with about two minutes left before halftime, but Palestine would have nothing of that.
The Palestine Ladycats went on a 7-0 run to close out the half and take a 20-18 lead into the locker room.
Coming out after halftime, both teams started out sluggish.
The first half of the third quarter featured more defense as the two teams scored just four points between them.
Toward the end of the third quarter, though, the scoring picked up and both teams finished the quarter scoring 11, bringing the score to 31-29.
“Tonight’s game was one of those games that we had to have,” said Palestine coach Joe Baker. “It really helped us build our confidence back up and get us pointed in the right direction for the start of district play.”
The fourth quarter proved to be a similar story as both teams got off to slow starts and never recovered.
A 7-5 scoring quarter in favor of the Palestine Ladycats was all that the fourth quarter had in score as both defenses stepped up and played solid.
“We were active on defense a little bit,” Baker said. “We were able to cause some turnovers and we seemed to have a little bit more foundation, which was good. It was a good win for us.”
It’s not often that Dogwood Circle teams get to matchup, but when they do, there seems to be an extra bit of energy into each game. Baker said he saw some of this in Tuesday’s game against Cayuga, and he said he hopes it will help keep his team focused.
“We’ve always had a little bit of a rivalry with them,” Baker said. “We’ve played them before this season at their place, and it’s always been a good game. This is special to us because we’ve been through so much adversity this year and we’re really just trying to find our way. This is positive for the girls and a good win for them. It’s something to build on.”
Cayuga coach John Jackson was unavailable for comment.