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Young Lady Wildcat team endures tough week but continues to look forward

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Freshman Journey Johnson goes up for a block during last Thursday’s matchup with Normal Community.

Girls Basketball loses to in Blowout Fashion against Normal Community

The in-town rivalry game didn’t end well for the Lady Cats, as Normal West lost to Normal Community 66-30 on Thursday, January 18.

While Normal Community has had a dominant 19-3 season, Normal West continues to struggle in road games, as they now have a 1-7 road game record for the season.

Senior Captain Olivia Patton was outstanding, despite the lack of overall team production. She finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

This team has been through a lot this season, but Coach DT Thornton, who is filling in for the ill Head Coach Darrelynn Dunn, was proud of how his team competed against a superior opponent.

“The girls battled and worked hard! We are getting better at doing the little things right, and it will prepare us to finish the season strong and make a run in the regional Tournament,” Thornton commented.

Although the season has not gone the way it has wanted to be for this team, they are still competing and are always putting up a fight, no matter the result of the game.

Normal West Loses/Wins on the road against Bradley-Bourbonnais

Normal West Girls Basketball’s rough 2023-2024 season continues, as the lady Wildcats fall, once again, in a road game to Bradley-Bourbonnais 60-50.

Normal West has now fallen to having a rough road game record of 1-8 this season.

Normal West struggled in the first half, but a huge second had to get the game to be manageable for a comeback. However, Bradley-Bourbonnais kept the Wildcats away at the end.

The Normal West comeback was sparked by their two best senior leaders Meredith Bertsche having 17 points, and Center Olivia Patton with 8 points this game.

They also had great contributing numbers from sophomore Hayley Upton and freshman Journey Johnson combining for 17 points.

This season has been rough, but West continues to make strides, and there’s still a lot of season left.

Go cheer on the Lady Cat’s this Saturday, January 27 against Springfield High School on the road at 2:30pm.

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