Cougars Snare Another
For the eighth time in the last ten years, the Cougars
are crowned regional champions, this one coming by virtue of a 68-52 victory over the Cowden-Herrick Hornets
at St. Elmo on Friday night.
With the win, they will now advance to the Olney sectional for a first-round
match-up against the Red Hill Salukis on Wednesday night.
The final score in this one was not indicitive of how close the game was played
throughout. Not until the final two minutes did the Cougars give themselves any breathing room as the Hornets battled
toe-to-toe and stayed within 2-3 points for most of the way.
The Cougars jumped out to a 16-13 first-quarter lead, but nothing seemed to come
easy. The Hornets and their spread-the-floor zone defense, for the most part, kept the Cougars in check.
Spencer Patton had a big quarter with a pair of steals that resulted in easy layups
and added another hoop to lead the way.
Still unable to solve the Hornet defense, the Cougars could only muster 9 points
in the second frame and found themselves tied at 25 going into the halftime break.
The second half started with a bang, as the Cougars came out with a pressing
full-court defense that resulted in three quick turnovers and 6 points, but the Hornets regrouped and allowed only 5
more for the rest of the quarter.
Heading into the fourth and the Cougars holding a meager 1-point lead, both teams
traded buckets back-and-forth until the 2:43 mark. Leading 51-49, the Cougars then went on an explosive 17-3 run to pull away
and lock up the title.
Although the Cougars committed 21 uncharacteristic turnovers for the game, they
were deadly from the free throw line (14-16) and shot over 50% from the field.
Nathan Lotz was a perfect 7-7 from the field and 3-3 from the line to finish with
17 points and Brock Adams nailed a trio of 3-pointers and 4 buckets from inside the arc for his 17 points to share
the game-high scoring honors.
Patton (15) and Nick Jones (13) also contributed to the scoring cause with their
The Cougars will travel to Olney Wednesday night to play their first-round game
with Red Hill, winners over Lawrenceville in their own regional.
Game time is set for 7:30 P.M.
Brock Adams advanced in the 3-point shooting competition and will compete again
before Wednesday night's game at approximately 6:50 P.M.