Lady Cougars repeat as 4B District Champs

Thursday, February 27, 2020
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The 2020 4B District Champion Columbus Cougars Photo courtesy of Jeni Lorash

The Lady Cougars are 4B District Champs.

Columbus got a decisive win against the Shepherd Lady Fillies on Friday night. Both teams started slow in the first half, with Shepherd holding its only lead of the game by making eight points to the Lady Cougars’ five.

Columbus found its spark in the second quarter and never looked back scoring 13 points to the Fillies’ four. The Cougars went into halftime with a score of 18-12.

Columbus ran away with the lead in the second half by scoring 19 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth, while holding Shepherd to just two points for the entire second half. The Lady Cougars finished the game with a resounding win and a final score of 50-14.

Junior Brooklyn Wyllie led the team with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while senior Brenna Rouane added 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

“On the outside looking in, it looked like we got off to a slow start. But the girls were playing well. They just needed to settle down and finish some shots,” said Lady Cougar Coach Jeromey Burke. “When we play as aggressive and fast as we played that night, we are a really good team. We finished the game on a 45-4 run, and the overall effort of every girl really dictated the entire game. I thought Sawyer Wiggs was a major spark for us and knocked down some shots to get us rolling.”

The next game brought a challenge against the Roundup Panthers on Saturday. Like Friday night, both teams started a bit sluggish with Columbus making just six points and the Panthers just four in the first quarter.

The game picked up in the second quarter with the Cougars scoring 11 points to Roundup’s nine. The halftime score was 17-13.

Columbus stumbled in the third quarter with the Panthers adding 10 points and holding the Cougars to just two points. This had Roundup in the lead by four. Columbus got back on track in fourth quarter, rallying to make 17 points to the Panther’s 10. Molly Hamilton made a big 3-point basket with just 19 seconds left to play that put the Lady Cougars up 2. Columbus came out with a win and the district championship with a final score of 36-33.

Wyllie again led the team with nine points and four rebounds, with Rouane getting eight points and five rebounds.

“The championship was a grind,” said Burke. “Roundup played really well and every time we tripped up on defense they capitalized. Payton West was tasked with guarding Sealy the majority of the night and did an amazing job holding her to six just points.”

Burke said that offensively, it took three quarters to get anything going at all.

“The girls showed a ton of heart and composure to come away with that kind of win in that big of a game. To win consecutive district championships is no easy task, but they put in more work than most know, and I couldn’t be happier to see it pay off for them,” said Burke.