Some say that the Lady Cats haven’t been impressive or dominant in their recent games leading to the playoffs.
As covered by the Roy Report back in the district season, Canadian struggled in the first quarter against a tough Highland Park team in their second meeting in district at Highland Park.
With the help of Emily Alexander, the Lady Cats toughened out the Lady Hornets, picking up the victory and the district title a week later.
As the No. 1 team in the majority of the season, a target will be on your back on every night, especially in playoffs.
The Lady Cats have had tough opponents in one of the toughest regions in the state, defeating Presidio and Ballinger handily, which is expected from the top-ranked Lady Cats.
With the pair of dominant victories in the first two rounds, the mental confidence was boosted prior to the big matchup against Littlefield at Amarillo High.
After trailing 15-4, the Lady Cats turned their gameplay up behind Haevyn Risley and Cinthia Morales.
The reason for the hard fought victory was due to the defense.
Heading to the regional tournament, Canadian’s confidence was at a high before their big clash against juggernaut Brock.
As expected, the senior forward stepped up.
Risley played a big impact on the victory over Brock, as she chipped in an impressive 31 point showing.
Wall came in the regional tournament battle-tested with a tough draw, winning two tough games to get to Midland despite a blowout victory over Kermit in the bi-district round.
With their second meeting of the season, Canadian was playing like they were in their first meeting.
The two teams played in the final day of the Canyon tournament, with the Lady Cats coming on top, along with picking up the No. 1 ranking for the first time this season.
Coming off a big game aday day ago, Risley came out huge once again.
Risley was not the only player coming up big. Alexander recorded a double-double in the victory with 12 points and collecting 10 boards.
With Academy losing to Buffalo in the regional quarters along with a wide-open Region IV bracket, the state draw favors the top-ranked team.
Goliad, the semi-final opponents for Canadian, will be making their first state appearance in school history.
If Canadian were to win, they would await another state newcomer, Mount Vernon or Buffalo, who make their first appearance since 2003.
With a defense as good as Canadian’s along with several weapons on the offensive end, the title is for Canadian’s taking.
On the state level, anything can happen on any given day at any given moment. With Risley pitching in with big-time performances along with a solid defense, the Lady Cats are a favorite to win hardware on the big stage.