The Minneola Wildcats girls basketball team overcame the Satanta Indians in the first of Thursday’s SPIAA 2019 League Basketball Tournament consolation games.
Minneola wins 37-28.
Neither team played great basketball in a game full of airballs, turnovers and missed shots on both sides, but the Wildcats did enough to complete the victory, ending their appearance in the Tournament on a positive note.
“We did enough to win,” Minneola head coach Morgan McClaren said. “It wasn’t pretty, but they pulled it out. We switched up defenses, which got us a little bit more aggressive toward (Satanta) I guess. That helped, but yeah, we did enough to pull it off.”
Senior Kaitlyn Hornback and sophomore Carley Norton each had 8 points to lead the Wildcats. Sophomore Megan Schneweis had 7.
For the Indians, junior Ava Howie and sophomore Sicely Jackson each had team-highs of 8 points apiece. Senior Brooke Abernathy had 5.
The Wildcats end their stay in the Tournament having gotten some of their youth experience on the big court of United Wireless Arena.
“For the most part we’re pretty young, so that’s always a positive when they can get some experience on a big court like this,” McClaren said. “For them to get a win off of that, even though it was ugly, you can definitely learn from it, especially with a young team.”
McClaren said that was her biggest takeaway from the Tournament for her team.
“We got some experience, we learned, we’re learning every game, myself included as their coach,” McClaren said.
That’s something the team just has to build off of, she said.
The last couple games, including Thursday’s, have been rough McClaren said. Even though the team won Thursday after having lost previously in the Tournament, she said she still isn’t satisfied with where the team is just yet.
“It’s still not where this team can be, and it’s not where I want them to be,” McClaren said. “So we can use this as a learning point in film and everything to learn of things not to do, good things that we did, because we did do some good things, that’s obviously why we came out with a W. But they’ve got to learn to fix the little things to win by more than what we did.”
While Hornback and Norton each jumped out based on the statsheet, McClaren said someone who else who did well for the Wildcats was junior Jacey Wideman.
“She does a lot for the team,” McClaren said. “She brings the ball up the court, she posts up for me, she gets the boards, and she’s a vocal leader. She does a lot for the team. She had a few points but she just kind of put the team on her back there at the end. She was driving into the lane, getting some fouls called.”
Another was sophomore Megan Schneweis, who went down with an injury early in the first half.
“She really held together there that first half because Jacey went out with three fouls, and Megan really held us together,” McClaren said. “She was being a leader on the team, even though she’s just a sophomore.”