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No four-peat for Lady Bobcats

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Staff Writer

After a hard-fought scrap with Koshkonong in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament, the Thayer Lady Bobcats were rewarded with anything but a treat; a meeting in the semifinals with one of the top teams in Class 2, the Gainesville Lady Bulldogs.

With a tough inside-out attack on their side, the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs knocked off the homestanding Lady Bobcats, the tourney's fourth seed, 67-36 March 1, ending Thayer's season.

The loss also stops the Lady Bobcats' run of three straight district titles.

"They played super," Lady Bobcat Head Coach Steve Atkisson said of Gainesville. "They've got a great player inside, but we also found out they could dribble-penetrate. They've got some perimeter shooters too. They came to play; they're tough."

Down 39-13 at the half, the Lady Bobcats just couldn't make up enough ground in the second half to overtake the powerful Gainesville (23-2) squad.

"Their (Gainesville's) coach told me after the game, that for whatever it's worth, they played their best game of the year tonight," Atkisson said. "We just got down and, just like all year, inconsistency caught up with us."

Gainesville ended up with the district title as they edged past Norwood in the tournament finals March 5.

Inconsistency, especially on the offensive end of the court, was a problem that followed Thayer all year long, partly a result of losing so much bang from last year's team all at once.

"We lost six seniors from last year," Atkisson said. "We lost 49 out of the 62 points-per-game we averaged last year. But I thought we had a successful year this year. We finished 15-11. We probably won a couple of games we shouldn't have, and lost a couple that we should have won, but we did have some bright spots this season."

LaShanda Horton paced Thayer with 12 points against Gainesville, while Heather Coffel and Tasha Wrenfrow followed with eight points apiece. Krysta Adams added six, and Valerie Dixon two.

Stephanie Studanski led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 18.

"Our kids worked hard all year," Atkisson said. "And they improved as we went along. As a coach, that's what you want, improvement as the season goes on."After a hard-fought scrap with Koshkonong in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament, the Thayer Lady Bobcats were rewarded with anything but a treat; a meeting in the semifinals with one of the top teams in Class 2, the Gainesville Lady Bulldogs.

With a tough inside-out attack on their side, the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs knocked off the homestanding Lady Bobcats, the tourney's fourth seed, 67-36 March 1, ending Thayer's season.

The loss also stops the Lady Bobcats' run of three straight district titles.

"They played super," Lady Bobcat Head Coach Steve Atkisson said of Gainesville. "They've got a great player inside, but we also found out they could dribble-penetrate. They've got some perimeter shooters too. They came to play; they're tough."

Down 39-13 at the half, the Lady Bobcats just couldn't make up enough ground in the second half to overtake the powerful Gainesville (23-2) squad.

"Their (Gainesville's) coach told me after the game, that for whatever it's worth, they played their best game of the year tonight," Atkisson said. "We just got down and, just like all year, inconsistency caught up with us."

Gainesville ended up with the district title as they edged past Norwood in the tournament finals March 5.

Inconsistency, especially on the offensive end of the court, was a problem that followed Thayer all year long, partly a result of losing so much bang from last year's team all at once.

"We lost six seniors from last year," Atkisson said. "We lost 49 out of the 62 points-per-game we averaged last year. But I thought we had a successful year this year. We finished 15-11. We probably won a couple of games we shouldn't have, and lost a couple that we should have won, but we did have some bright spots this season."

LaShanda Horton paced Thayer with 12 points against Gainesville, while Heather Coffel and Tasha Wrenfrow followed with eight points apiece. Krysta Adams added six, and Valerie Dixon two.

Stephanie Studanski led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 18.

"Our kids worked hard all year," Atkisson said. "And they improved as we went along. As a coach, that's what you want, improvement as the season goes on."



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