With injuries plaguing the Circle girls basketball team, the Thunderbirds were still able to overpower the Wildcats for a 54-22 win.

“We have been hit pretty hard over the past two weeks with injuries,” said Circle head coach Brian Henry. 

Alyson Potter and Camron Perry are both sidelined with knee injuries, while Raegan Galloway and Londyn Bardin are suffering from foot/ankle injuries.

“At this point we aren't sure we will be getting any of the players back. We are hoping, but it's not looking great.”

The rest of the team stepped up on Tuesday night, as Circle dominated from start to finish. El Dorado struggled to make shots in the first quarter. Circle came out on fire, as Carissa Beck went three-for-three from beyond the arc in the first quarter. The hot shooting fueled Circle as they went up 13-2 at the end of the first quarter.

El Dorado was finally able to knock down a few shots in the second quarter, as Madi Michaelis knocked down a pair of threes to open the second quarter. However, Circle continued to roll to a huge 39-8 halftime lead.

El Dorado didn’t put much of a dent in Circle’s lead in the second half, as the Thunderbirds cruised to a 54-22 victory at home.

“Losing four of our top 10 players from the start of the season was not something we were hoping for,” said Henry.

“However, it is giving us an opportunity to work in a few more players and getting them experience that will be beneficial as we go forward this year and next. We have been really impressed with how everyone has stepped up their game and we are playing great team basketball.”

With the win, Circle improved to 14-3 on the season.

Circle was led by Mallory Cowman with 15. Carries Beck finished with 13.

Madi Michaelis led El Dorado with eight points.

Circle will travel to Augusta to take on the Orioles at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, while the Wildcats will host Winfield at the same time.