• Cats fall to Wilton in conference tourney

    By Brooklyn Bullard

    During the second night of the conference tournament Oct. 11 at Tipton, the Durant Wildcats defeated Anamosa but then lost to Wilton in the semifinals. Tipton then won conference tournament later that night defeating Wilton.

    The Cats won the first game against Anamosa with the score of 21-14, then won the second game 21-11. In the next match, the Cats lost to Wilton in only two games. The first game ended with a score of 25-21, and the second game was 25-18.

    “I think that we could have played better against Wilton. We have the capability as a team to beat them, and we’ve shown that before when we last played them on their home court,” senior Mallory Warner stated.

    The Cats’ win against Anamosa started off the night for them, but then they fell short playing Wilton in the second round. Wilton’s defense was on that night, and the Cats couldn’t seem to get anything past them.

    In the two sets against Anamosa, the Cats had 19 kills out of 50 attack attempts. Aubrin Dittmer led our team in kills with seven. We had eleven blocks against Anamosa; Annie Taylor had four, Mallory Warner had two, and Paige Werthmann had two. Hannah Happ had the most digs that night with a total of ten, and Ruby Kappeler also had five.

    “The games Thursday did not turn out how we would have liked. We executed poorly and didn’t play our best (against Wilton),” Hannah Happ stated. “Our serving was inconsistent, missing more than we ever should have that night.”

    Even though the Cats had trouble on their serving game throughout the night, Paige Werthmann was able to serve five aces against Anamosa.

    The Cats will play Wapello on Monday night, October 22nd, at home for their first regional game.