Axtell’s girls led early but Minden ultimately prevailed 44-32 in the opening round of the Axtell Holiday Tournament on December 27. With the win the Lady Whippets moved to 5-2 while the Lady Cats fell to 3-5 and saw their three-game winning streak end.
Axtell led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter as Jacey Smidt scored five for the Cats.
Minden took better care of the ball and had more shooting success in the second period as the Whippets had a 15-8 advantage to forge a 21-21 tie at halftime. Axtell’s last lead of the game was 21-19 with 1:04 before intermission on an Erica Bertrand bucket.
see January 8 Courier for full story