Cougars fall after big comeback in district semifinals

Crystin Urban Sports Reporter

February 27, 2014

The Logan County Cougar basketball team had a heartbreaking loss in the 13th district semifinal game on Monday. The Cougars went into the game as the number one seed in the district, but the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats gained an early lead and would make the Cougars battle hard all night. The Cougars would comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats would finish the night with a one point win of 71-70 over the Cougars.

The Cougars would have a rough start to the game while the Wildcats fought hard to gain a lead. The Wildcats would score six points before the Cougars would put up any points. The Cougars would fall back 10 points as the Wildcats took the lead of 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Cougars would fight hard in the second quarter and would even get within three points of the Wildcats. But the Wildcats would go on a strong run to maintain their big lead over the Cougars. The second quarter would end with a Wildcats holding their lead of 34-26.

The two teams would continue to battle throughout the third quarter, and the Cougars put themselves in the position to make a comeback. With two minutes left in the quarter the Cougars would decrease the gap by only three points. By the end of the quarter the Wildcats would only lead 48-47 as they headed into the final quarter of the game.

Senior Landon Stratton would put the Cougars in the lead with six minutes to go in the game. The Cougars would fight hard and increase their lead to four points and maintain it. But the Wildcats kept fight back and would tie the game 62-62 with only a minute to go in the game.

The Cougars would make a couple of small mistakes that would give the Wildcats the opportunity to score and regain their lead. Senior Landon Stratton would shoot a last second three-point shot, but that wouldn’t be enough as they fell 70-71.

Senior Landon Stratt, Ben Wright and Taylor Blakemore would all finish with 14 points for the Cougars. Lorenzo Garcia followed with 13 points. Senior Clint Knight and Tucker Baldwin finished the night with seven points each. Senior J.R. Morrow had one point.

“The boys came out flat. It is never good when you finish the first quarter in single digits. They battled back but they could not make the play to get the win. We struggled earlier in the season but we did a lot of team bonding and figured out our mistakes and was able to reach our goal and become the number one seed in district,” said head coach Lonnie Mason. “Even though we came up short and did not do what we wanted to do, I’m still proud of all the players. Our seniors really stepped up and showed great leadership. It is hard to see them fall.”

Mason says he likes what he sees in the younger players and is ready to come out and do better next year.

The Cougars finish their season with a record of 6-15.