Early season games provide experience for Lady Cougars
MOHAVE VALLEY — The Laughlin High School Lady Cougars lost to the River Valley Lady Dust Devils 39-31 to start the River Valley Lady Basketball Tournament on Nov. 30.
“We had just played a game the night before so our girls were tired and it took a couple of minutes for them to get into the game,” said Don Arsenault Lady Cougars head coach. “It was a game we could have won but we got behind early in the game and we couldn’t recover.”
After a brief break, the Lady Cougars were back in action against their NIAA 2A South League Rivals the Needles High School Lady ’Stangs.
The Lady ’Stangs brought back a lot of their players who have played together for a while.
The Lady Cougars ended up losing to the Lady ’Stangs 43-14.
“We came together as a team and we said that we would put this game behind us and maintain our focus,” said Arsenault.
The lady ’Stangs were running a 2-3 matchup zone that the Lady Cougars were having a hard time breaking.
There were times when the Lady Cougars had open shots but they just didn’t go in.
On the other side of the court, the Lady ’Stangs were finding the open lanes in the Lady Cougars defense and were scoring.
“The next time we face them we just have to take care of the ball a little better,” said Arsenault. “I’m teaching them a lot of new things and they are still trying to get used to it.”
Next, the Lady Cougars played Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Lady Patriots where they lost by a score of 40-31. They finished Friday’s games against Lee Williams Academy which ended in a 46-10 loss.
The Lady Cougars started their Saturday games with a loss to Kingman Academy 39-19 but bounced back and won both of their following games against MALC 40-30 and Chino Valley 27-25. The Lady Cougars qualified for the consolation championship game where they met a tough Pahrump team. The Lady Cougars came up short losing 40-15.
“We played a lot of larger schools during the tournament,” said Arsenault. “This is going to help us get ready for our league games which start very soon.”
The next game for the Lady Cougars is a varsity only home game in the Cougars Den against Indian Springs Lady Thunderbirds on Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m.