In front of a nice crowd in Allen County the Lady Cougars' offense failed them as they lost 41-19 and the Cougars used a big second half to push past the Patriots 65-50.
The Lady Patriots were coming off a hard loss to region 4 favorite Glasgow and were looking to rebound. The Lady Cougars were coming off such a emotional loss to the Lady Rebels on Friday and a big rematch against the Franklin-Simpson Lady 'Cats on Friday that a let down tonight wasn't out of the question. In the first quarter both team's were each other's clone. They both held the ball and played in your face defense that points came at a premium. In the first quarter Allen County had a lead but it was only 7-3 and every point came at a price. In the second quarter it was more of the same, but Allen County's full court press was causing more problems than perhaps the Lady Cougars were ready for.
Going into the half the Lady Cougars were only down 14-6, and if not for a last minute three it would have been 11-6.
In the third quarter though, the flood gates opened. The Lady Patriots went on a 16-2 run and that broke the back of a potential comeback. The smothering defense that Logan County is known for still forced Allen County out to a lot of jumpers and refused to let them drive, but the outside shots continued to fall throughout the second half.
After it was all said it and down the Lady Cougars was on the short end of a 41-19 score. They will try and regroup quickly because the Lady 'Cats will invade Logan County on Friday and are hungry for their first district win.
The Cougars capped off the night looking to extend their streak to 5 in a row.
In the first half the Patriots didn't make the same mistake that the Storm did this weekend in trying to make it a track meet. They slowed the pace and forced the tempo to more of their liking. They slowed the Cougars down and used their own brand of basketball to pull out an early lead. They hit the Cougars early and showed there was a reason they had pulled the upset over Glasgow last week. But the Cougars were not going to become the latest victim in Allen County's giant slaying tour.
Down 32-30 to start off the third quarter, the Cougars rattled off eight straight points and took the lead and never looked back. They would crank the tempo up and asserted a little controled chaos on the Patriots and that's all it took for the Cougars to put an end to any hope of two upsets in a row. The Cougars would score 35 points in the second half and limit Allen County to only 18 in wrapping up the 65-50 victory.
The Cougars will host the Wildcats of Franklin-Simpson in an attempt to go 5-0 in districts and guarantee themselves finishing at least second in the district.
Look for more in depth coverage in Friday's News-Democrat&Leader.