By Robbie Robertson
Winston County Journal
After finishing first in the regular season, Louisville girls basketball coach Jackie Laine expected her Lady Wildcats to be hosting a first-round playoff games.
But Kosciusko had different plans.
The Lady Whippets used a big fourth period, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 24-9 in the final frame to take a 59-41 win in the semifinals of the 4-4A Tournament last week.
“That was just a killer for us,” Laine said. “We were expecting to be in the championship game after finishing first in the regular season. We wanted to win and be in that championship game and host a first-round playoff game. We really had our heads down because we wanted that home game. But it’s a learning process and you have to take care of business.”
The Lady Wildcats followed up the semifinal loss with a 73-63 win over Houston in the consolation game and finished as the third seed and were scheduled to travel to Byhalia on Tuesday with the boys team. The Lady Wildcats will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.
“We had lost to Houston once in the regular season,” Laine said. “But we didn’t like the way that felt and didn’t want to go through it again. I thought they responded. I think we will be fine if we can just keep our composure.”
Kosciusko girls 49, Louisville 41
The Lady Whippets used a big fourth period to take an 18-point win over the Lady Wildcats.
Kosciusko led 14-11 after the first period and 22-21 at the half. The game stayed close in the third period as Kosciusko outscored Louisville 13-11 to take a 35-32 lead. But the Lady Whippets exploded in the fourth period, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 24-9 to take the win.
Diamond Wraggs led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points while Lymyia Fifer added 11 points.
Louisville girls 73, Houston 63
The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Hilltoppers in each of the first three periods to take a 10-point win.
The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 14-9 lead after the first period and led 32-22 at the half. The Lady Wildcats maintained that lead throughout the second half as they led 53-41 at the end of the third.
Diamond Wraggs led the Lady Wildcats with 23 points while Kamera Rogers added 11 points and Lymyia Fifer had eight points.