Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2001

Lady Wildcats turn things around with two straight wins

January 11, 2001

The Lady Wildcats know how to turn things around.

When Lansing came to town Friday, the DeSoto girls basketball team was in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

Coach Dwight Spencer said his many team members seemed to be holding something back, waiting for someone else to step up.

That night, the team found a new attitude and a new winning streak.

According to Spencer, the girls put together a solid defensive performance and beat Lansing 31-23.

Spencer said he felt encouraged.

He would feel even better following Tuesday night's game against Mill Valley.

Spencer said many of his previously timid players were apparanlty engergized by the matchup

The Wildcats beat the Jaguars 58-34.

"A lot of girls contributed in that game," he said. "We had eight girls score. That's exactly what we needed."

The coach said he hoped the new-found enthusiasm would last a while longer.

"Mill Valley was hopefully our breakout game," he said. "We got a lot more kids looking to partcipate and contribute."

Spencer said another reason for the turnaround could simply be that his team is healthy again.

"The first two games, we had two strong players out," he said. "Ashley Carlson injured her ankle and Julie Beck was sick. The Christmas break did them both a world of good."

The Lady Wildcats will try to keep the new winning streak alive Thursday when they face Basehor-Linwood High School at 6 p.m. in Basehor.

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