Battle of felines ends in Warsaw clawing Whitko
Whitko senior Rachelle Kessie posts up on Warsawâ€™s Nikki Gross Friday night in the Lady Wildcats home loss to the Lady Tigers 65-46. Kessie pulled in eight rebounds and six points. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
SOUTH WHITLEY — The Lady Wildcats were handed a 65-46 loss by the Warsaw Lady Tigers Friday night.
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The game kicked off with a three-point play by Karissa Olinske and was followed by several more three-pointers by the junior guard.
“She was hitting well, we were able to kick it out to her and she dropped the shots,” Whitko head coach Rob Bell said.
Olinske racked up four three-point shots and 23 points for the Lady ’Cats and also led the team in steals with four.
Whitko trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady ’Cats held the score close until a four-point play by the Lady Tigers sent Whitko into struggle to reply, with the Lady ’Cats only scoring one basket in the final three minutes of the half.
“We just settled, we quit for three minutes and that’s what we talked about after the game,” Bell said.
Whitko was out scored 15-10 in the second quarter, setting the halftime score at 34-22.
Whitko senior Rachelle Kessie took a quick basket at the start of the second half in an attempt to make a comeback for the Lady Wildcats.
Kessie scored four of her six points in the third quarter and collected eight rebounds for Whitko.
Warsaw gained on their lead and had a 16-point advantage at the end of the third quarter, 50-34.
The Lady Wildcats never backed down, with point guard Micaela Sylvester picking up five fourth quarter points.
“They play with heart, they play with guts, they don’t quit,” Bell said.
Sylvester had 13 points and three assists in the game.
“I was proud of our kids for how hard they worked,” Bell said.
The Lady Wildcats will spend the week preparing for North Miami next Saturday to tip off conference play.