Kats tussle with Lady Bulldogs, fall 58-44.

By Beacon Staff

The WildKats traveled to Whitefish’s Dog Pound this evening and came away with a few bites, falling 58-44.

Kelsey DeWitt (40) led the Kats with a huge night, 20 points. Samantha Ladenburg (33) had eight. Alyssa Ladenburg (21) was held to seven points as she was pursued all night by a physical Whitefish defense. Leading scorers for Whitefish were Kate Klundt (15) with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, and Ashley Ferda (20) with 16 (four 3-pointers). Columbia Falls did not take any 3-point shots and was 8 of 16 from the line. Whitefish shot a weak 22% from the line (2 of 9).

Whitefish and Columbia Falls have a lot of state championships between them. Each banner on that back wall (and you can’t see them all) represents a state championship team. Columbia Falls’ gym is also blanketed in banners. As in business, rivalries are a good thing that make everyone better.

Torie Powell (12) is sandwiched between Cortny Westgard (32) and Samantha Ladenburg (33).

Alyssa’s face says she knows she’s about to collide with a Whitefish defender as she passes off to a teammate.

Ladenburg (21) tries to shoot around Whitefish’s Amanda Ormsby (42).

On the other end of the court, Ormsby (42) uses a pick to slip past four CF defenders Sarah Marcille (25), Cortny Westgard (32), Kelsey DeWitt (40, tall) and another CF player.

Alyssa Ladenburg (21) shoots over Torie Powell (12).

Alyssa Ladenburg (21) tries to sink the continuation after being fouled on a drive. Following is Colyne Hislop (34). Defending was McCara Cullen (34) and Chelsea Ray (33).

Whitefish’s Torie Powell (12) comes down with a rebound over Kelsey DeWitt (40) and teammate McCara Cullen (34).

Colyne Hislop (34) eyes a shot as Cullen (34) defends.

Samantha Ladenburg (33) shoots a 15 footer, defended by Dana Labuda (25), Kate Klundt (15), Heather Melcer (22) and Cullen (34, hidden).

Dana Labuda (25) and Colyne Hislop (34) battle for a late 2nd half rebound. After a little wrestling, Labuda got control of the ball.

Kelsey DeWitt (40) stuffs Whitefish’s Chelsea Ray (33) with a little help from her friends.

Kate Klundt (15) (wo)manhandles a rebound away from Samantha Ladenburg (33) as Cullen (34) and Cedar Smith (23) lend a hand.

Kelsey DeWitt (40) grabs an offensive rebound in the last 40 seconds of the game, before firing up a shot over Cullen (34) and Melcer (22).