January 14th, 2011

Holy Cross Cougars Win Fifth Straight Game

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

Holy Cross Cougars Win Fifth Straight Game
photo by Brad Knoop

Hardin's 15 points leads HC to 58-32 victory over Spencer Co.

No senior discounts available for the Holy Cross girls basketball team this year. 

After losing six seniors from last year’s 25-8 squad, the Cougars are relying on junior leadership, as a young team looking to find its way in the 6th Region. Without a senior on the squad, a “mostly JV team” as Holy Cross Head Coach Fred Copass puts it, is making progress as the Cougars tune up for next week’s All "A" Classic 6th Region Tournament.

Holy Cross (13-4) used a 10-0 run against Spencer County (3-9) at home and never looked back in a 58-32 win Friday night.

During that spurt, junior Maya Hardin made a nice move inside to put the Cougars up 6-0. Hardin led the Cross in scoring with 15 points. The Cougars also got into the open court. In transition, junior Kim Mingus hit sophomore Morgan Wimberg for a 10-0 lead. Wimberg scored eight points. Mingus pitched in ten points.

Holy Cross led 16-4 after the first quarter and built a 30-15 halftime advantage. Sophomore Sydney Morabito scored 13 points for the Cougars, and made a nice move inside to push the lead to 19. The Cougars largest lead was 29 points. 

Junior Julie Skaggs, and freshmen Taylor Weber and Josie Hockman, also got into the scoring column for Holy Cross as the young Cougars continue to learn as they go.

“We’re starting to play like a varsity team a little bit,” Copass said. “They’re playing hard, playing together with a lot of enthusiasm. They play with a purpose and are trying to get better.”

Copass wants the Cougars to pick up the pace on the court, using the fast break and transition to get some easy buckets. 

“We are running a lot more,” Hardin said. "We’re looking to get easy points off our defense.”

Next up for Holy Cross is the All "A" Classic 6th region tournament, which begins Tuesday at DeSales High School. The Cougars were All "A" state runners-up a year ago. 

“All 'A' is our big thing. We’re going to have to go through Presentation to get there,” Copass said. “The girls know what it’s like to be there and they want to get back.”

“All 'A' is a main goal of ours,” junior Kim Mingus said.  “We are a young team but we’re working better now as a team.  We want to get back to state and hopefully win.”

Holy Cross first All "A" game will begin at 7:30pm on Tuesday. The Cougars' opponent will be named soon.


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