February 19th, 2011

Lady Cougars Down Bethlehem 54-28

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

Lady Cougars Down Bethlehem 54-28
photo by Holly Freeland

Three players score in double figures as Holy Cross rolls

Holy Cross High School bounced back from a defeat from earlier in the week to beat the Bethlehem Lady Eagles 54-28 Friday night and grab their 19th victory of the season. 


The game started out at a frantic pace for the Lady Cougars, as they went up early in the first quarter 12-0. Not only were they able to grab the lead from the onset, Holy Cross also held Bethlehem scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the contest to take a 12-6 lead into the second quarter.


The next eight minutes were no friendlier to the visiting team as Holy Cross outscored them 13-7. The second quarter was particularly friendly to Holy Cross freshaman Josie Hockman, as she scored all seven points in the final minutes before the half. While Bethlehem had a difficult time finding the bottom of the net on most possessions in the first half, Holy Cross took advantage and went into halftime with a 25-13 lead.


Although Holy Cross got on the board first in the second half, Bethlehem went on a small run to cut the lead to eight points with 4:45 left in the game.  Lady Cougars juniors Maya Hardin and Julie Skaggs took control over the next 3:30 to score seven points combined, while not allowing Bethlehem to score until 10 seconds left in the quarter. Holy Cross extended their lead back to 15 at 36-21 leading to the final eight minutes of the game.


The fourth quarter saw more good things for the home team, outscoring the Lady Eagles 18-7 in the last fourth of the game. Sophomore guard Morgan Wimberg hit a 3-pointer with 4:17 left to play, the first of the game for the Cougars as they doubled Bethlehem’s total 48-24. Bethlehem would only hit two more field goals during the contest and fell to Holy Cross 54-28.


Holy Cross was able to get many players into the game and had nine of those score against the Lady Eagles. Three of which - Kim Mingus, Skaggs and Hardin, all found themselves in double figures.


“I knew Bethlehem was going to play hard,” Holy Cross Head Coach Fred Copass said. “Our kids had a hard time with their defense at times as it caused problems for us. But, I think our kids played hard and that’s exactly what we want out of them. They had a great attitude and we’re just tickled to death with them.”


The Lady Cougars record now stands at 19-7 for the season and next up for Holy Cross is the 21st District Tournament, which starts next week at Western High School.



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