This past Friday night the boys and girls Logan County High School basketball teams won their first District 13 match up of the very young 2015-16 campaign with wins over the Todd County Central Lady Rebels and Rebels.
The Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Rebels 64-61 to go to 1-1 overall. The Lady Cougars were led in scoring by Rachel Barnett with 16 points and Taleia Mason with 13. Torrie Pollard, now a senior, returns to the squad and continues her shooting expertise; she had three 3-point baskets in the contest. Brooke Barnes led the team with 15 rebounds.
The boys won their game at Todd County, too. The Cougars versus Rebels game was a much more defense-oriented game. The Cougars came away with the victory, 49 to 32 and evened their overall record to 1-1.
The following evening, Saturday December 5, the Cougars’ teams were in action again.
The Lady Cougars travelled to Hopkinsville and handed the second-region Lady Tigers their first loss of the season, 64-61. In that game the Lady Cougars saw Torrie Pollard go four of eight from 3-point land and lead the team in scoring with 22 points. Brooke Barnes again led the team in rebounding with 11, while adding six points. The team need all of the 40% shooting to defeat the Lady Tigers in the closely fought game.
Next up for the Lady Cougars is another road trip, this time to Caverna. The Lady Colonels had jumped quickly out of the gate this season, winning their first three games by a combined 189-121, they lead the Fifth Region counterparts with a 3-0 overall record.
Meanwhile, the Cougars had their 2015-16 home-opener, as they hosted the Muhlenberg Mustangs at LCHS on Saturday night. The Mustangs came into the contest with a 0-1 record and would leave with a 1-1 overall record after the 67-56 victory over the Cougars.
The Mustangs, playing a style of fast-paced, pass orientated game similar to the Cougars’ attack, were able to get out to an early five-point lead. The Cougars were able to catch the lead, 18-16, as the first quarter neared ending. But a 3-point basket by the Mustangs gave the visitors the 19-18 lead at the end of one quarter.
The second quarter would begin with teams trading baskets. Excellent play by Austin Rayno and Jack Wright kept the Cougars toe-to-toe with the Mustangs through the first few minutes of the quarter. At 5:00 to go, however, the Mustangs’ outside shooter found their range and began a tear of outside shots that ultimately put the game out of reach. After a 22-22 tie, four minutes and four successful 3-point baskets later, Garcia ended the Mustang scoring run and brought the Cougars to within 11 points at 24-35. Teams would head to the locker room at half-time with the victors leading the Cougars 40-24.
In the second half the Cougars continued their up-tempo game. Big baskets by Sedale Shannon helped to bring the Cougars to within 12 points. But the Mustangs’ hot-handed shooting kept the game out of reach. After three quarter the Cougars trailed 41-55.
In the final frame, scrappy defensive play by Noah Whittinghill kept the fans in attendance entertained, and until the final minutes, kept hope in the hearts of Cougar Nation that Head Coach Lonnie Mason’s team might find a way to pull off a victory. But the Mustangs and their hot outside shooting would have no part of a Cougar comeback. The final 56-67 score was the closest the Cougars had come toward a lead since the since the 22-22 tie early in the second quarter.
Next up for the Cougars is a Friday night, December 11, visit to Franklin-Simpson for a match up with the Wildcats in the second District 13 game of the year for the Cougars (it will be the Wildcats first). The Wildcats are 3-0 and sit atop the Region Four standings. Expect a tough test for the young Cougars, as the Wildcats are healthy and going strong in this early season.