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SYRACUSE — The hoops were good to one Lady Wildcat Tuesday night but for the Whitko girls’ basketball team it wasn’t good enough for a victory.
As the Lady Wildcats hit the road to Syracuse, junior point guard Micaela Sylvester came away with a career night. Unfortunately, a 29-point scoring game for Sylvester came as Wawasee edged Whitko 68-67.
The Wildcats biggest problem was Kilee Knafel. The sophomore guard lit Whitko (8-9) up for 37 points over four quarters of play.
Knafel’s 11-point first quarter got Wawasee (11-4) out to an early 19-13 lead after one quarter.
Whitko played catch up the remainder of the game. The Lady Wildcats were able to cut the lead down to five points at halftime 31-26.
Sylvester helped Whitko turn up the offensive production in the second half scoring 18 of her 29 points in the final two quarters.
Sylvester went 11-for-15 from the free throw line as the deficit stayed at five-points heading into the fourth quarter 51-46.
Fellow junior Wildcat Karissa Olinske made an impact of her own hitting three baskets from behind the arc in the second half. Olinske had 18 points in the contest as Whitko was able to post 41 points in the second half.
The Lady Wildcats 21 fourth quarter points weren’t enough, however. Wawasee held off Whitko with Knafel scoring nine of the Warriors’ 17 fourth quarter points.
Despite a strong defensive night with 14 steals, Whitko’s struggles came at the free throw line going 16-for-25 at the line.
Other scorers for the Lady Wildcats were: Rachelle Kessie 6, Cassie Jones 4, Katee Reiff 4, Nicole Slaymaker 4, Cagney Craig 2.