Cougars fall to Gosnell in Clay County Tourney finals
For the best part of three quarters, the Rector Cougars were neck and neck with the Gosnell Pirates in the finals of the annual Clay County Tournament in Corning, but in the end, it was the Pirates' athleticism that propelled them to a 48-39 win last Tuesday night.
"Their athleticism finally just wore us down," Cougar head coach Tony Davis said after the game. "We were up by one at the half, and they (Gosnell) just kept coming after us. Their speed and quickness wore us down."
The Cougars led by three at the end of the first quarter, 14-11, and saw their lead dwindle to one at the halftime intermission, 18-17. Rector only tallied four points in the second period.
The Pirates took over the lead in the third period, 29-28, before outscoring Rector 20-11 in the final frame for the win and the tournament championship.
"It was a very low scoring game," coach Davis noted. He added, "It wasn't a very pretty game to watch, it was ugly, but I am pleased with the way we played hard.
"Justin (Goodman) shot the ballwell for us and Jonathan (Pratt) did a good job defensively on (Jeremy) Parnell. It was a difficult contest for us to win, but we were in it for most of the game.
Behind Goodman's game-high 23 points, no other Cougar scored more than seven points. Davis said the Cougars need to see more people step up offensively.
"We need to have more offensive points put up on the board. One player can't carry a team offensively. When Justin's on and having a good night shooting, like he did on Tuesday night, we have a shot to win, but he can't do it all. We need to have more scoring from Pratt and the rest of the starters...and the bench. It takes a team effort to be successful."
Goodman connected for four three-pointers in the game, three of them coming in the first quarter alone. Four out of five of Rector's first quarter field goals were from beyond the three-point line.
Following Goodman's 23 points, also scoring was Ryan Carpenter with seven, Kyle Souder with four, Jonathan Pratt with three and James Hemphill with two.
The loss puts the Cougars' record at 1-4 on the year.