Wendover has played well enough defensively to win a number of girls basketball games throughout the 2004-05 season.
But the Wildcats just can’t seem to put the sphere in the basket on a consistent basis and that simple fact has spelled the team’s demise in at least six games on the season.
And last Tuesday was no exception.
Meridian outscored Wendover in all four frames, just barely in each, to register a hard fought 30-21 triumph in Provo.
Elise Robertson triggered the victory with a game high 13 while Kellie Hennessey and McKinlee Covey logged seven points each for the victors.
Rejily Sweat led the Lady ‘Cats attack with six points while Lindsay Mascaro, Fatima Gomez and Krishton Gonzalez logged four points each.
Wendover figured to have the same problem against Tintic last Thursday in the regular season finale.
But the Lady Miners refused to cooperate, posting a lopsided 55-22 victory over the Lady Wildcats in Eureka.
And if that wasn’t bad enough. Wendover ventured to Ogden Monday to compete against Region 17 fourth seed Layton Christian in a Class 1A State Girls Basketball playoff game.
The Lady Eagles soared to a decisive 51-21 triumph over the Lady ‘Cats in post-season action to eliminate Wendover from state play.
The two league setbacks and playoff loss give Wendover an overall record of 2-15 on the year and 1-9 in Region 18 girls hoop action.
Wendover Coach Delon Huse said his team played well but just couldn’t get the shots to fall once again in the setback against Meridian last week.
“We played a great game against Meridian,” he stated.
“But we just couldn’t make shots. We felt like we dominated everything but the score. We had some good shots but just they wouldn’t fall. I felt bad for the girls because they played their hearts out. You just have to make those darn baskets. It’s been the same old problem all year. We’ve played well in three of the last four games. It was another tough loss for us.”
A story on the regular season setback to Tintic as well as the Layton Christian playoff loss will be published in a future edition.
Meridian 30 – Wend. 21
The Lady Mongoose outscored the Lady Wildcats in all four frames to register a league triumph Feb. 8 at Provo.
Kelly Hennessey popped the cords for three points and Elise Robertson drilled a field goal to spot Meridian a 5-2 lead after one period expired.
Rejily Sweat produced the lone basket of the opening session for Wendover.
Meridian tacked on a slim 7-6 scoring edge in the second stanza to build a 12-8 intermission edge. McKinlee Covey hit a three-point play while Robertson and Hennessey fired in a basket each to help the hosts extend the margin by the halftime break.
Sweat poured in a pair of field goals and Lindsay Mascaro contributed another basket to keep the ‘Cats within striking distance.
The Lady Mongoose tacked on an 8-5 advantage in the third period to stake the team to a 20-13 cushion with one session still remaining in the affair.
Robertson poured in six points and Hennessey hit a basket to give the hosts a little breathing room down the stretch.
Fatima Gomez paved the way for the Lady ‘Cats with four points on a pair of field goals and Tarin Ratliff buried a charity toss as well.
Meridian logged a 10-8 outburst in the final frame of the game to complete the league triumph. Covey spearheaded the Lady Mongoose surge in the fourth period with four points and Robertson tallied three points. Alison Foster canned a pair of free throws and Timise Brough added another charity toss to complete the assault.
Krishton Gonzalez led the Wendover charge with four points, including a 3-point bomb, while Mascaro and Ratliff provided a basket each as well.