HARTINGTON — The Cedar Catholic Lady Trojans are heating up and it might be just the right time to be doing so.
Following two more wins last week over Boone Central (45-30) and Lutheran High Northeast (43-31), the Lady Trojans are now 8-5 overall and on a seven-game win streak heading into this week’s action.
Brynn Wortmann led the way against Boone Central with 18 points, while Laney Kathol chipped in with 10 points.
Cedar battled the Albion team toe-to-toe in the first half as the Lady Trojans earned an 8-6 scoring advantage in the first frame and put together a 10-8 run in the second frame to take a narrow 18-14 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Lady Trojans poured it on in the second half to outscore the Lady Cards 27-16 to seal the win.
“Against Boone Central, the girls controlled the tempo of the game,” CCHS head coach Craig Wortmann said. With great team defense and ball control we were able to hold them to single digit scoring all four quarters.
On Saturday, Brooklyn Kuehn led with 15 points and Wortmann added 11 points to defeat Lutheran High Northeast.
“Against Lutheran High, again it was our defense and ball control that produced results for us,” Wortmann said. “This week in both games the girls showed great team defense and team passing. Our girls off the bench are giving us quality minutes to allow us to extend leads and keep ball pressure on our opponents.”
The upcoming slate of challenges will definitely push the Lady Trojans to another level.
“This will be three very good games for us,” Coach Wortmann said. “Our defense and ball control will be tested again. If we are to put ball pressure on our opponent in full and half court situations we will be in good shape.
“We will need to run our offense with patience and move the ball to find shots that we can connect on. It will come down to how fundamentally sound we are and keeping our legs under us with three games this week.”
Kuehn, who drilled three triples in her performance against Lutheran High Northeast, has continued to provide big offense at key times for the Lady Trojans.
“I got a really good pass and shot it and it was a corner three and it went in and after that everything else was falling,” Kuehn said. “I was feeling the shot so I might as well shoot them. That really built my confidence.”
Kuehn said she has bounced back from rehabbing off of a surgery and her team is doing a good job of moving the ball and finding the shots that fit each kid’s skill set.
That is just a part of the reason why they are playing well.
“It has a lot to do with our communication and on defense, we help a lot and that allows us to get steals,” Kuehn said. “We swing the ball offensively and our shots are falling.”
The CCHS girls will head to Wayne Friday and West Point Guardian Angels the following night.
SCORING Cedar - Brynn Wortmann, 18; Laney Kathol, 10; Brooklyn Kuehn, 9; Megan Heimes, 6; Jordyn Steffen, 2.
REBOUNDS Cedar - Laney Kathol, 6; Brooklyn Kuehn, 6; Jordyn Steffen, 3; Megan Heimes, 3; Brynn Wortmann, 3; Elly Becker, 1; Gracie Dickes, 1.
ASSISTS Cedar - Brooklyn Kuehn, 3; Laney Kathol, 2; Brynn Wortmann, 1.
STEALS Cedar - Lanie Kathol, 2.
SCORING Cedar - Brooklyn Kuehn, 15; Brynn Wortmann, 11; Jordyn Steffen, 8; Laney Kathol, 4; Elly Becker, 3; Mackenzie Arens, 2.
REBOUNDS Cedar - Brooklyn Kuehn, 10; Laney Kathol, 5; Brynn Wortmann, 4; Gracie Dickes, 3; Megan Heimes, 3; Mackenzie Arens, 1; Jodryn Steffen, 1.
ASSISTS Cedar - Laney Kathol, 2; Jordyn Steffen, 1.
STEALS Cedar - Brooklyn Kuhen, 2; Megan Heimes, 2; Brynn Wortmann, 1.
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