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Lady Cougars inch closer to .500

December 20, 2018

LAUGHLIN — It was two wins and one loss for the Laughlin High School Lady Cougars in their week of basketball play, taking them to a 3-2 record in the league and a 7-8 record overall.

The Lady Cougars started with an away game against the Adelson Lady Lions on Dec. 10, an NIAA 2A South League matchup that ended with a 59-10 LHS victory.

The Lady Cougars scored 23 points in the first quarter and 16 in the second. They only allowed five points in the first half and led 39-5 at the break.

Laughlin outscored Adelson 20-5 in the second half.

Next, the Lady Cougars took on the Mountain View Lady Saints on Dec. 12 in the Cougars Den, winning the league matchup 53-15.

The Lady Cougars ran a high press, making it hard for the Lady Saints to cross the half-court line. As a result, the Lady Cougars scored a quick 10 points by getting the Lady Saints to turn the ball over.

Laughlin surged to a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to play hard defense, throwing in an occasional zone to keep the Lady Saints off balance.

Laughlin went into halftime with a 24-10 lead.

The third and fourth quarters saw about the same style of defense and when the Lady Cougars stole the ball, they were on the fast break.

The Lady Cougars didn’t lose focus and won the game 53-15 behind Ashley Bishop’s 16 points. Jasmine Donnett and Faith McGeehan each had nine points.

The Lady Cougars lost the final game of their three-game stretch to the Lake Mead Lady Eagles 35-26 on Dec. 14 in the Cougars Den.

The Lady Cougars jumped out to a quick lead by controlling the pace of the game and playing zone defense. The Lady Cougars rebounded the ball well and stepped up their defensive intensity. The first quarter closed with the Lady Cougars up 13-4.

The Lady Eagles started to claw their way back by hitting a couple of

3-pointers and finding the gaps in the defense.

The Lady Cougars missed a couple of shots inside and when they went to the charity stripe they missed 13 in total.

“If we make our free throws and a couple of those shots that we missed, I do believe that we would’ve been in a better position to win the game,” said Don Arsenualt, Lady Cougars head coach.

The Lady Cougars took a 19-17 lead into halftime.

When the third quarter started the Lady Eagles took a different defensive approach to the game. They started picking up the Lady Cougars’ Donnett full court denying her the ball. The Lady Eagles forced different players to bring the ball up and make a play for the team.

The defensive tactic worked as they were able to tie the game in the third quarter at 25-25.

In the fourth, the Lady Eagles continued denying Donnett the ball and applied pressure to the other ball handlers.

The Lady Cougars tried to break the full-court press that the Lady Eagle were running but had no luck.

The Lady Eagles took a 29-25 lead midway through the fourth quarter and didn’t look back.

The Lady Cougars’ Savannah Santillano led the team in scoring with 10 points, Bishop and Donnett both ended with five points.

The Lady Cougars last game before Christmas break is a home game against the Lincoln County Lynx on Dec. 21 starting at 3 p.m. for junior varsity and 6 p.m. for varsity.

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