Last updateFri, 23 Jan 2015 11am

CMS girls played well leading up to final week

The eighth grade Cuba Lady Wildcats won three of their last four games as they entered last week’s final home tournament. It was a good run for the Lady Cats, who only stumbled against their rivals from Steelville.


Cuba was able to get a home victory over Viburnum on October 28. It was a hard-fought victory for the Wildcats.

The CMS girls led 16-9 at halftime, but the Lady Jays managed to keep things close in the second half. It was 26-21 in Cuba’s favor going into the fourth quarter, and the Cats were able to control the final period for a 40-33 win.

It was a breakout night for Ella Smith, who garnered a season-high 16 points to lead her team to victory. Ally Williams put in eight points, Haley Stewart four, Hannah Rose four, Loren Ransom four, and Erykah Killeen two.

The girls traveled to St. Clair the following night and picked up another win, this time by just three points.

Cuba scored just two in the first period and eight in the half, giving St. Clair a 10-8 lead at the break. But the Wildcats fought back in the second half and had a good fourth quarter to win 21-18.

Williams scored 10 for CMS and had seven huge points in the fourth quarter. Rose scored six, Kaitlin Brown two, and Smith one.

Things didn’t go so well for the Lady Cats when they hosted Steelville on November 5. The Cats struggled for offense and just couldn’t put points on the board in what turned out to be a sloppy game.

The Lady Cats scored 10 in the first half but failed to score in the final two periods. Steelville led 14-10 at halftime and went on to win 22-10.

Smith led Cuba with six points. Rose and Williams both had two.

The team bounced back from its loss, though, with a solid win over Bourbon at home on November 7.

Both squads were tied at 12 at halftime, but Cuba really put on the offensive show in the second half, scoring eight in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth. They beat Bourbon 31-26.

Rose and Williams both scored in double figures that night, each with 11 points. Smith scored three, Brown two, and Taylor Merlenbach two.