February 26, 2013 > Lady Cougars impressive in division win but fade in second round
Lady Cougars impressive in division win but fade in second round
Submitted By Mike Heightchew
The Newark Memorial Lady Cougars came up with their most impressive game of the year at an opportune moment. The Cougar squad won the first round of North Coast Section tournament play against Redwood (Larkspur) Giants by scoring 47 points and holding their opponents to 43. It was fight in the first Quarter a game filled with lots of good defensive plays with both teams trying to take control of the paint; Redwood played good defense but the Cougars were able to find lanes to penetrate and find room to shoot. The Cougars had just enough outside shooting to stay close, just one point behind after the first quarter.
The back and forth fight went on though the second quarter as both teams could not find a way to break though although Redwood, with outside shooting began to see a bit of daylight with a 17-14 lead. Giants defense started taking control of the game and opened up a 12-point lead, but the Cougars weren't finished and began the most impressive comeback of the year as they employed a full-court press and, using team speed, turned the game around. Opportunities were not wasted as the Cougars rallied from a 12-point deficit for the win.
In second round action, the magic of second quarter play just wasn't enough to overcome a dismal 10-2 first quarter against a strong Montgomery (Santa Rosa) Vikings team; the Cougars were eliminated 53-46.