But they would run into the Fourth Region’s top defense in the Lady Cougars. After four quarters of smash mouth play, the Lady Cougars emerged victorious 46-36.
“I thought in the first half we did a nice job at maintaining the focus and playing in the here and now,” LCHS head coach Scot MacAllister said.
In the first half the Lady Cougars unleashed their trademark defense and effectively shut down the Lady Bears from the get go. In the first quarter the Lady Cougars defense frustrated and forced numerous turnovers. When they weren’t busy forcing turnovers out of their full court press, they were forcing bad shots in their half court defense. After one quarter the Lady Cougars only allowed three points.
But their offense, which is still a work in progress, struggled to get off the ground. After one half though, the Lady Cougars held a very comfortable 24-11 lead.
“Butler did a good job at fighting back,” coach MacAllister said. “I think we looked up at the scoreboard a little much and I guess we forgot to tell Butler that the game was over.”
In the second half the Lady Bears started to slowly chip away at the lead. Their offense was still being flustered by the Logan County defense but when one of the Lady Cougars top on ball defenders was sent to the bench because of foul trouble things looked bleak that they could hold on.
But the Logan County bench has developed some depth and Polly Cowan answered the call.
“It was more of a defensive part for me, cause when Laura got into foul trouble and I knew I’d get in the same trouble on defense,” LCHS guard Polly Cowan said.
Cowan stepped in and filled in admirably in shutting down the Lady Bears main scoring threat. Not content to just be a defensive piece Cowan hit a few big three’s down the stretch that effectively shut down any come back by the Lady Bears.
“Thank goodness for Polly Cowan for coming in and knocking down shots and playing good defense maintaining so we could come away with the ‘W’,” coach MacAllister said.
The Lady Cougars would hold on and get the 46-36 victory that would push their record above .500 at 7-6. Jaylin Jones led the team with 16 points. Polly Cowan collected 12 points and Shannon MacAllister grabbed 8 points.
They will go to Todd County tonight and look to shut down one of the region’s top offenses.
“We played really well in spurts tonight, but for Todd County we’re going to need a lot more consistence especially on offense,” LCHS guard Meg Brown said.
The Lady Cougars will feature the region’s top defense at only allowing 39.8 points a game while the Lady Rebels score at over 61 points a game. Figuring out that high scoring offense and how to shut it down falls on the shoulders of the coaching staff at Logan County.
“If I knew how to shut down that Todd County team, I wouldn’t put it in the paper,” coach MacAllister said when asked how he was planning to shut down that potent offense.
A classic ‘Unstoppable force vs Immovable object’ bout for the top seed in District 13 tonight at Todd County Central high school.