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Junior Taylor Hansen scores a layup to help Millard West pull away for Omaha Westside. Hansen was able to consistently find ways to beat Westside from every part of the court. She ended up finishing the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. “Throughout the game, I tried to stay really confident,” Hansen said. “I think our team needed confidence in this game because we all knew that the stakes were high. I knew that we needed to play our best game so that we could continue our season. I also knew that it was important to win so that our Seniors could experience a win for their last home game ever.”

Season on the line

Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2023
Senior Gwyneth Stocker attempts a layup during her senior night game against Millard North. The Wildcats would end up pulling off the upset against the Mustangs, sending Stocker out with a victory. “My favorite memory from this year in terms of basketball so far was beating Millard North at home on senior night,” Stocker said. “Not only did we beat the number 5 team in the state, but we won on what could have been my last home game ever.”

Setting up the team for success

Camille O'Neill, Sports Director
March 2, 2022
Freshman Norah Gessert dribbles passed Gretna defenders. Gessert had seven points against the Westside Warriors in their 53-33 win. After one of our best pregames we had during the season we knew we were going to have a good game, sophomore Addie Klahn said. Everyone did what they were supposed to and it was a great team win.

No worries against the Warriors

Miguel Paredes Reyes, MWHS Wildcat News co-Editor-in-Chief, co-Striv Executive Producer
March 2, 2022
Freshman Norah Gessert shoots a free throw late in the third quarter. Gessert totaled 10 points as well as a rebound and assist. The big win gives them confidence as they get ready for a big rivalry game against Millard South. “The girls know we can compete with anyone in the state,” head coach Marc Kruger said. “We just havent been able to break through and finish off a really good opponent. Hopefully this game can serve as a lesson that we cant take possessions off and need to be ready to play our brand of basketball for all four quarters.”

Wildcats battle the Bulldogs

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2022
The Wildcats had a big win for the night, but they have many tougher ones coming up. In order to stay ahead in their season, they will need to continue the high pressure style of game, and keep forcing turnovers. “We have many tough games coming up,” junior Grace Kelley said. “We need to make sure that we keep the pressure up on defense to get the steals and turnovers that we caused against Grand Island.”

Wildcats control the Islanders

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Sophomore Lucy Schonlau being guarded by senior Laney Schipper in the Westside vs Millard West game. Schipper and Schonlau combined for 31 points in this game. “We all just played the best we could and never gave up till the end,” sophomore Effie Golliday. “I just hope we can take that momentum to the rest of our season.”

Lady Cats upset the Warriors

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
February 12, 2021
Senior Reese Peterson of Millard West being guarded by senior Aryannah Harrison of Marian. The game was a very defensive match with a lot of fouls and turnovers. “We knew going into the game that Marian had two really good players who have found many different ways to score so we had to keep them under control,” Peterson said. “Our game plan was to kind of make the rest of the team beat us.”

Lady Cats lose home opener

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
December 17, 2020
Senior Laney Schipper fighting for the ball in a game against Omaha Bryan. This is Schippers third year on varsity and she is the most experienced player on the team.“Laney knows what it takes to compete at this level,” head coach Marc Kruger said. “We are looking for her to be a consistent scorer and defender.”

New faces

Jonathan Willis, Striv Executive Producer
December 1, 2020
Junior Jenna Bohaty scores a wide open layup as Burkes small forward Aanaya Harris looks on.

Wildcats pull away from the Bulldogs

Jacob Janousek, Sports Director
February 27, 2019
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