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Kitty Kats remain unbeaten

Special to the Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown Kitty Kats hosted the Flatonia Lady Dogs last Monday, Nov. 23 and came away with a hard fought, 49-47, victory. The win improves Yorktown to 4-0 on the young season.

At the start of the game, Flatonia looked like they were going to run away from the Kitty Kats, as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Yorktown fell further behind at 10-2 with 1:30 left in the period. The Kitty Kats picked up their defensive pressure and went on a 7-0 run to cut Flatonia’s lead to 10-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw more of the same, as the Lady Dogs used their outside shooting to take a 22-13 lead with just under a minute left. Yorktown went on a 5-0 run to make the score 22-18 in favor of Flatonia at halftime.

The teams battled back in forth in the 3rd quarter, until an old-fashioned three-point play, by sophomore Ayana Longoria, gave Yorktown its first lead at 30-29, with 1:50 left in the quarter. After two baskets by junior Seely Metting extended the Kitty Kat lead to 34-32, Flatonia hit a three-point basket at the buzzer to retake the lead 35-34, heading into the final period.

In the fourth quarter, Flatonia’s outside shooting again hurt the Kitty Kats, as the Lady Dogs took a 43-36 lead with 4:10 left in the game. Senior Kadie Dueser hit a three-pointer, then senior Kailey Sinast got a steal and made a layup to make the score 43-41. Metting stole the ball and was fouled on her shot. Her two free throws tied the game at 45, then Sinast got another steal and made a layup to put Yorktown up, 45-43. 

After a Flatonia basket and a free throw put the Lady Dogs back up, 46-45, Metting made two free throws to retake the lead for Yorktown, a lead they would not again relinquish. After a free throw by Sinast and another free throw by Longoria, Flatonia inbounded the ball, down 48-46, with 14 seconds left.

The Kitty Kat defense stiffened, and Metting stole the ball at the buzzer to seal the victory. Metting had 17 points, including making seven out of seven free throws, to go along with nine rebounds, six steals and four assists, while Sinast had 12 points, six deflections, and three steals. Longoria finished the game with nine points and three steals, while sophomore Madison Morehead pulled down nine rebounds for the Kitty Kats.

The JV Kitty Kats dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 46-16 loss to Flatonia’s JV.

The Kitty Kats (4-0) will return to action this week, as they will play three games on the road. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, they will face McMullen County in Tilden. On Friday, Dec. 4, they will go to Nordheim and on Saturday, Dec. 5, they will travel to Nixon-Smiley.

The TABC [Texas Association of Basketball Coaches] Rankings came out last week, and Yorktown are ranked #20 in Class 2A and will be playing McMullen County Tuesday, Dec. 1, who are ranked #19 in Class  1A.

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