Crystin Urban Sports Reporter
February 25, 2014
The Logan County basketball teams travelled to Greenwood High School on Thursday night to compete in their last regular season games. Both the Lady Cougars and the Cougars would end their games with wins of 63-59. The Lady Cougars and the Lady Gators fought throughout the entire game. A tornado warning would delay them game in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cougars would come up with a plan to win the game. The Cougars and the Gators also played a close game. The game came down to the final seconds, but the Cougars would pull through with a their own four point win.
The Lady Cougars would begin the from with a battle from the start. The Lady Cougars would hold a lead over the Lady Gators throughout most of the first half, but the Lady Gators would come back to take a small lead of 14-12 at the end of the first.The Lady Cougars would not waste much time and gain their lead back early in the second quarter. Maegann Hardison would put up six three-point shots in the first half to bring the Lady Cougars to a 29-26 lead at halftime.
The Lady Cougars would keep their momentum going throughout most of the third quarter, but the Lady Gators would make a comeback and tie the game 38-38 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Lady Gators would take a brief lead over the Lady Cougars, but the Lady Cougars would comeback and end the quarter with a small 47-46 lead.
The two teams would fight hard in the fourth quarter of the game and the Lady Cougars would hold on to their lead until the Lady Gators tied the game 59-59 with 16 seconds to go. There was a timeout called, but because of the severe weather moving through the area they gym was evacuated and the game would be put on hold. The Lady Cougars had 15 minutes to draw up a plan to take the win.
The Lady Cougars would have possession of the ball after the storm blew through. Senior Megan Lindsey would put up four points for the Lady Cougars to give them a lead in the final seconds of the game. Those four points would give the Lady Cougars their 63-59 win.
Maegann Hardison would lead the Lady Cougars with 20 points. Those points include six three-point shots that were made in the first half of the game. Hardison was followed by senior Megan Lindsey with nine. Senior Deja Thompson and Kapreshia Powell would finish with seven points each.
The Cougars and the Gators would face each other next. Both teams would come out to the court with high intensity and keep the first quarter close in points. The score would be tied 10-10 with two minutes to go, but the Cougars would be the team to take the lead of 15-14 at the end of the first.
The Cougars would hold on to their lead for most of the second quarter, but the Gators would comeback and take off in the last two minutes of the quarter. The Gators would hold a 26-21 point lead over the Cougars with two minutes to go and they would end the first half with a 30-27 lead over the Cougars.
In the third quarter, the Cougars would come back into the game and gain their lead back with five minutes to go in the quarter. But the Lady Gators did not let go of their lead easy and would take the lead again with a score of 43-42 at the end of the third.
Both teams would continue to fight hard for the lead in the fourth quarter of the game and keep the score close. With six minutes left in the quarter, the Cougars would come back to tie the game 44-44. The Cougars would take the lead and continue to increase their gap to 57-53 with a minute remaining in the quarter. When they thought their lead was enough, the Gators would creep back up and come within two points of the Cougars with just seconds left. But the Cougars would remain control and play smart to win the game 63-59.
Senior Landon Stratton would lead the Cougars with 26 points. Senior Clint Knight would follow with 10 points. Tucker Baldwin and Ben Wright would end the night with eight points each.
The Logan County Cougars faced the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats last night in the 13th district tournament. The winner of that game will head into the championship game on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at LCHS.
The Lady Cougars will face the Todd County Lady Rebels tonight in the 13th district tournament at 6:30 p.m. at LCHS. The winner of this game will move on to the championship game on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at LCHS.