By Coach David Scott
The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats swept a pair of games against CAK and West on Saturday at the Oak Ridge High School Arena.
The Lady Wildcats defeated CAK 84-71 in their first basketball game of the day. The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by freshman post Mykia Dowdell with 17 points, and freshmen Destiny Kassner, who is returning from a lengthy bout of illness, with 14 points, including three three-pointers. Junior captain Caelyn Thompson had 12 points, and finishing out the balanced scoring were Amara Howard and Jasmine Hembry with eight each and Courtney Ellison, a sophomore point guard, who had seven.
The Lady Wildcats had a five-point lead after one quarter, and the game was tied at 40 at the half. The Lady Wildcats exploded for 24 third-quarter points and pushed out to an 11-point lead. Ellison had seven points to help the Lady Wildcats take their first win of the year.
In the second game, the Lay Wildcats jumped out to a 25-8 first-quarter lead. At halftime, the Lady Wildcats were up 51-24, and Thompson and Ellison had helped the team get out and running.
Thompson led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points, followed by Dowdell, who had another solid game in the post with 13 points. Hembry, another freshmen post/wing player, also had 13 points with three three-pointers. Wing player Asia Anderson chipped in 10 points, followed by Ellison with nine. The Oak Ridge “Runnin’ Lady Wildcats” upped their record to 2-1 in the young season.
The next home game is Tuesday, November 18, against Maryville at 6 p.m.