February 26th, 2011

Young Gun Cougars Capture District Title

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

Young Gun Cougars Capture District Title
photo by Holly Freeland

Holy Cross downs PRP 60-35 to win 21st District

With a win that Holy Cross Head Coach Fred Copass called "surprising," the young Cougars girls basketball captured the 21st District Tournament Championship on Friday night with a 60-35 win over Pleasure Ridge Park.

Starting out the game with a 7-0 run, Holy Cross dominated both ends of the floor throughout the game, held PRP to less than 10 points a quarter, and the Lady Cougars used a combination of smothering defense, high pressure offense and a relentless attitude in crashing the boards. They took a five-point lead into the second quarter, with a 13-8 advantage.

The second quarter was a display of high-octane offense for the Lady Cougars, putting 21 total points on the scoreboard. Five different players from Holy Cross scored during the second 8-minute stretch before the halftime. Allowing PRP to only score 6 points, the Lady Cougars opened up their biggest lead of the game to go up 20 points at halftime, 34-14. Junior Maya Hardin scored 12 of her 17 game-high points in the first half.

Things started out rough for PRP as they began the second half with two straight turnovers.  The stifling defensive pressure from Holy Cross kept the Lady Panthers’ offensive scheme at bay for most of the game as they were unable to find any rhythm on their end of the gym.  By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Cougars had amassed an near 30-point lead, going into the final quarter up 53-24.

Having the victory all but wrapped up by the Lady Cougars, the final eight-minute stretch saw very little offensive game as it was a foul-plagued final quarter. Holy Cross’s final seven points were all scored from behind the free-throw stripe. 

Although PRP outscored Holy Cross 9-7 in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to overcome the massive difference in points. Holy Cross went on to win the game 60-35.

Three Holy Cross players finished in double figures as Hardin, Morgan Wimberg and Kim Mingus were the top three scorers for the Lady Cougars. Julie Skaggs, Sydney Morabito & Josie Hockman also got on the scoreboard for Holy Cross.

In addition, Holy Cross had three players - sophomore Morgan Wimberg, and juniors Kim Mingus and Hardin all named to the 21st District’s All-Tournament Team, the most of any school in the district.

“This win was surprising,” Copass explained. “We came out and we played probably our best game we’ve played all season. The first half was almost a perfect half, we were 14 of 18. Our girls made smart decisions and played great defense.  For the second half, we just told our girls to take it easy and not get in a hurry and that’s how we did it. I’m just really thrilled with these girls and everything they’ve done this season.”

The new district champs will learn its regional fate on Saturday, as the regional tournament pairings are drawn.


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