By Morgan Luedy
Saturday, the Ladycats defeated Crestview in the start of their second round through the Firelands conference. The final score was 65-54; however, this score does not describe the intensity of this game.
New London started out hot, outscoring the Cougars 23-13 in the first half. They went on a downward spiral though, with starting guards Morgan Luedy and Eden Copley both drawing their second fouls early in the second quarter, landing them on the bench until after halftime. The Cougars decreased the ‘Cats lead going into halftime with a score of 33-28. Things weren’t shaping up for the Ladycats, ending the third quarter only up by one point (47-46). The team pulled through in the fourth quarter thanks to hitting some key foul shots, scoring 18 points to Crestview’s eight.
Leading the team was Morgan Luedy. Luedy tied her career best of 23 points, going 13 for 17 from the free throw line. Luedy also added four steals, four rebounds, and four assists. Gabby Ledbetter had a career high of 18 points with ten rebounds, and one steal. Eden Copley also hit double-digits in scoring with 13 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Other scorers for the ‘Cats were Elizabeth Logan and Sidney Allen both with four points. Logan also added five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Allen had five rebounds.
Monday, the Ladycats hosted the Evergreen Vikings of Metamora and lost 38-35. The game was a fair match in the first quarter as the score was tied 9-9. Shots weren’t falling for the ‘Cats only scoring two points in the second half. The halftime score was 19-11 in Evergreen’s favor. The Ladycats amped up the pressure, outscoring the Vikings 14-8 in the third quarter. This wasn’t enough though, falling short in the fourth quarter, 10-11.
Leading the Ladycats was Gabby Ledbetter with 16 points, the only Ladycat to reach double digits, and 11 rebounds and three blocks. Eden Copley had six points, ten rebounds, four steals, and one assist. Morgan Luedy had five points, hitting the only three pointer for the ‘Cats, one steal and one assist. Kora Schmidt added four points two rebounds, and one steal.
The Ladycats will host Western Reserve Friday night.