The intensity came early Friday night, when the Cats hosted the Saratoga Falcons. After a Wildcat miss, the Falcons scored on their first possession, grabbing the quick lead. But senior captain Sara Chiala scored the next 4 points off of offensive rebounds, and the Cats were on the move. Buckets from senior captain Sabrina Belquist and junior Ashley Poshard pushed the lead to 8 – 2. Poshard added two more buckets and Belquist hit a three, but in the latter portion of the quarter the Falcons righted themselves and cut the lead to 6 as the period closed.
Saratoga battled back further in the second, utilizing their inside game for second-chance layups. The Cats had just three baskets in the quarter, two from Poshard and a three-pointer from junior Olivia Lo. But it was enough to maintain the lead, even though the Falcons hit a buzzer beater to end the half. Cats up 23 – 21 at the break.
The Cats found their defensive groove in third, forcing turnovers and making the Falcons operate with a short clock almost every possession. They held the Falcons to 7 in the frame but were only able to put up 8, stretching the slim lead to 3 as the quarter ended 31 – 28.
A quick three by the Falcons to open the fourth tied the game, the first time the Cats had not had the lead since 2 – 2 in the first. But the Cats responded with a 5-point Belquist run followed by a Chiala bucket, and the Cats were quickly up by 7. Sophomore Natalie Anthony added a couple buckets but was even more important on the defensive end, teaming up with freshman Casey Brennan on the boards to limit the Falcon chances and effectively shorten the game. With the lead established, the Cats kept up the pressure and rolled to a 46 – 34 victory. The win moves the Cats to 5 – 3 in league (14 – 6 overall), keeping them in third place. The Cats hit the road on Tuesday to face the Wilcox Chargers.