Girls Varsity Basketball · Winter–Girls Basketball– Lady Cats return to play, leave Portland with 57-52 loss to lady Panthers

Article By Trevor McGee

After not playing since December for various reasons (COVID-19 issues, Wilson County athletic shutdown, and Holiday break) the lady Wildcats finally returned to play, travelling up north to take on the lady Panthers of Portland High School. Like many other results this season, Wilson Central was not able to take control out of the gate. Portland was able to take the first quarter by a margin of 9-6, putting the lady Cats in a familiar situation. However, the lady Panthers weren’t going to let the Cats sneak back into the game, as they would once again win the scoring battle, and take a 24-15 lead into the break. Coming out of the locker rooms, Portland wanted to put this game to a close before Wilson Central had a chance to get back in it. The Panthers would come out and take the third quarter 20-13, extending their lead to 44-28 with a final 8 minutes to play. But the lady Cats didn’t go down without a fight. Despite a 16 point deficit to start the quarter, Central took the game down to 7 points for a final score of 57-50, as the Wildcats put up a game-high 22 fourth quarter points. The lady Wildcats were led by Seniors Sydney Dalton and Campbell Strange with 15 each, followed by Sophomores Kristen and Cloe Smith with 10 and 6 to their names, Jada Taylor with 4, and rounded out by Kendyle Pickett and Jamey Ricketts with 2 a piece. This loss drops Wilson Central to 1-9 on the season. The Lady Cats next game is Tuesday, January 12th against Hendersonville High School. The game is a home game, so it will be broadcasted on the NFHS Network.