Lady Cougars fall in tight battle with BIC

Friday, January 21, 2005

The Lady Cougars visited the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs on Monday, Jan. 17. Rector fell to the home team, 52-45. The contest was close throughout, with BIC holding a slight edge after each quarter -- 13-7, 23-21 and 40-31.

The Lady Cougars were able to combat the 1-3-1 zone defense the Lady Mustangs used by hitting their shots early. Nine players scored for Rector on the evening.

BIC fought back in the third, outscoring the Lady Cougars 17-10.

"In the first half, we played great," Rector coach Matt Rabjohn said. "We were down by two at halftime. I don't know what it is, but in the last three games the third quarter has hurt us. We kind of fall asleep for two to three minutes.

"They played a 1-3-1 like last time we played. We knocked down some shots and made them spread out some.

"Overall, it's not fun losing, but you've got to take some positives away from it," Rabjohn said.

Abbe' McCarroll and Tara Shepard finished with eight points each to lead the Lady Cougars. McCarroll also had three steals. Other scorers for Rector were Tylee Tracer 7, Lauren Faulkner 5, Haley Harmon 5, Natalie Sigsby 4, Jordan Cornelison 4, Skye Shepard 2 and Jamie Beck 2.

Jessica Shepard led BIC with 26 points.

Junior High

The Junior Lady Cougars won their game with BIC, 47-30. Rector held leads after the first and third quarters -- 9-8 and 35-25. The score was tied at 19 at halftime.

The Lady Cougars used the full-court press to bog down the BIC offense in the second half, allowing only 11 points.

"We didn't play real well in the first half," Rabjohn said. "We got into foul trouble using the press and switched to a zone. That didn't work for us. In the second half, we used our press to cause some turnovers and get some easy shots.

"We only had seven turnovers in the game. You're expected to win when you only have seven turnovers.

Hannah Parsley had a stellar game for the Junior Lady Cougars. The freshman scored 24 points, including five three-pointers. She also had seven steals. Other scorers were Hillary Calhoun 6, Racheal Gipson 6, Sarah Fannin 6 and Allison Smart 5. Smart finished with nine rebounds. Calhoun pulled down six.

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