The Logan County Lady Cougar basketball team will be heading to the Fourth Region Tournament after winning against Todd County Central on Tuesday night - despite a rough start to the game. The Lady Rebels would hold the lead until the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cougars would finish out the game with a win of 49-41.
The Lady Cougars had a slow start to the game and would start to fall back quickly. By the end of the first quarter the Lady Rebels would have a lead of 12-6. The Lady Cougars would start to turn up their intensity in the second quarter and start to climb toward the lead.
With two minutes left to go in the quarter, the Lady Cougars would only trail by two points with a score of 20-22. But the Lady Rebels would fight hard to maintain their lead and finish the first half with a score of 28-21 over the Lady Cougars.
At halftime, Lady Cougar head coach Finley Woodard talked with the girls to get their spirits up.
“I told them that they had to keep fighting and playing hard because the game was far from being over and the win was still attainable,” said Woodard. “The one change that I decided to make was the defense we were playing. I decided to do a 3-2 defense, which proved to be pretty successful for us.”
The Lady Cougars began to start climbing back up again in the third quarter of the game. Their new defensive plan was able to hold the Lady Rebels to only four points in the third quarter, which gave the Lady Cougars a chance to make their comeback. The Lady Cougars would end the third quarter with a tie of 32-32.
The fourth quarter went by quickly, but neither team put up any points until halfway through the quarter. Senior Katelyn Jones would hit a free-throw shot to put the Lady Cougars in the lead for the first time of the game. The Lady Cougars would take off from there and continue playing strong defense. They would end the game with a win of 49-41.
Senior Laura Hunt led the Lady Cougars with 12 points. Senior Megan Lindsey followed with 11 points. Taleia Mason and Kapreshia Powell had six each. Maegann Hardison, Brooke Barnes, Rachel Barnett and senior Katelyn Jones would finish with three point each. Cierra Johnson had two.
After their win, the Lady Cougars worked hard and built confidence as they prepared to face the Franklin-Simpson Lady Wildcats.
“I felt really great. I also felt like it gave the girls the confidence and the willpower to know that they could win the game,” said Woodard. “We had a really good practice on Wednesday where we worked hard on both our offense and defense.”
Not only did their win over the Lady Rebels give them a shot at the 13th district championship title, but it automatically sends them to the 4th region tournament next week.
“Going to the fourth region tournament means a lot to me as a first-year head coach. We set goals at the beginning of the year and that was one of our goals. So it feels great to attain a goal that we set for ourselves as a team,” said Woodard.