Lady Cougars meet their match at Southern B divisional tourney

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Photo by Lorie Martinez

The Lady Cougars finished the season with a win and two losses at the Southern B Divisionals tournament.

Columbus first faced the 3B champion Forsyth Lady Dogies last Thursday in a low-scoring game for both teams. The Lady Cougars scored just one point in the first quarter, while Forsyth made seven. Columbus made up some ground in the second quarter, adding nine with the Lady Dogies getting four. Halftime had the Cougars down by one with a score of 11-10.

Columbus matched its first half score in the second half with one point in the third quarter and nine in the fourth. Forsyth outscored the Cougars in both quarters to secure the win. The final score was 28-20.

Payton West led the team with seven points.

“Our defense against Forsyth was pretty highlevel all game,” said Cougar Coach Jeromey Burke. “The girls knew the game plan and executed it very well. To hold Lindsey Hein to only nine points and their team to 28 is a pretty spectacular accomplishment. I really thought Brooklyn, Reed, and Brenna, playing physical with her in the middle of our zone was a key all game.”

The next game was a come-from-behind win to beat the Lodge Grass Lady Indians. Both teams began the game slow and steady with Columbus tallying up six points and Lodge Grass making five points. The Indians came alive in the second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 17 to seven. Columbus was behind by nine points at halftime with a score of 22-13. The Cougars started chipping away at the lead in the third quarter by making double the points of Lodge Grass - eight to four. Columbus rallied big in fourth quarter, adding another 16 points to the Indian’s 9. Columbus came out with a win with a final score of 37-35.

Brooklyn Wyllie scored 11 points to lead the Cougars.

“I was happy with the resilience we showed against Lodge Grass,” said Burke. Offensively we really struggled again. We fought to stay in the game the entire time, even though there were a couple opportunities to let it slip away. Liz Lorash made 3 big 3’s for us in the second half, and when we decided to hold for the last shot, the girls executed our set perfectly and ended the game.”

Next up was a conference rematch against the Roundup Lady Panthers. Columbus started the game scoring six points in the first quarter, while the Panthers opened with nine. The game picked up in the second quarter with the Cougars scoring 12 points to Roundup’s 13. The halftime score was 22-18. Columbus stumbled in the third quarter with the Panthers adding 13 points and the Cougars getting eight points. Columbus got back on track in fourth quarter, rallying to make 19 points to the Panther’s 15, but the Cougars were unable to overcome the deficit and ended its season with a final score of 50-45.

Brenna Rouane led the team with 13 points.

“Our offense finally came around a little bit this game, especially in the second half,” said Burke. “Unfortunately for us, this was one of the few times all year our defense faltered, and we put them to the free throw line way too much. Once again the girls battled really hard to stay in the game, but it seemed like every time we would try to turn the corner, we would either foul or get a tough break.”