February 7th, 2011

Cougars Drop Second Straight Contest

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

Cougars Drop Second Straight Contest
photo by Brad Knoop

Young, Bullitt East down Holy Cross 41-31

After recently winning ten straight games, the Holy Cross High School girls basketball team finds itself on another streak.

And the Cougars' current two-game losing streak has Head Coach Fred Copass looking for something: points.

Last week Holy Cross lost in the first round of the All "A" Classic State Tournament to Harlan, scoring only 29 points in the game. Monday night at home, the Cougars (17-6) fell to a big Bullitt East (21-6) team 41-31.

The Cougars are averaging 56 points per game this season, but the past two have been well short of that mark.

Against Bullitt East, Holy Cross struggled handling the ball, turning it over 20 times.

The first half was a hardnosed battle. The Cougars fell behind 6-2, but scored four straight. Junior Kim Mingus beat the press for an easy bucket. Sophomore Sydney Morabito swished a baseline jumper to tie the score at six. Bullitt East again raced back out in front, but junior Julie Skaggs scored inside to pull the Cougars within two.

The young Cougars, who have no senior on the roster, played with poise on defense in the first half. Even to the applause of the home crowd who cheered Holy Cross during a strong defensive stand midway through the second quarter. The Cougars led 16-13 when sophomore Morgan Wimberg hit Morabito in the lane. Morabito scored ten points. The game was tied at the half.

Bullitt East entered the game with a Sixth Region best record of 20-6. The Chargers showed why they have won that many games in the third quarter. Bullitt East used a 10-2 run to open the second half, sparked by senior Lindey Young. She used her experience, height and size at will and scored 18 points to lead the Charger cause. Young scored 15 in the second half.

“They found Young in the third quarter,” Copass said. “We did a pretty good job of defense in the first half. But they’re a good team, and they got it to her.”

Holy Cross fell behind by as many as 13 points and tried to recover. Junior Maya Hardin retrieved a loose ball and went full court with a strong take to the hole. Hardin scored six points. Only five Cougars got into the scoring column. Holy Cross trailed by 11 with three minutes to go.

Mingus, the team’s leading scorer, paced the Cougars with 11 points. Her three-pointer near the end of the game was the final Holy Cross basket of the night. The Cougars fall 41-31. The loss is only their second at home this season.

Copass knew all along his young team had a lot to learn. But the past two games has him looking for ways to get the Cougars to put up the points. They have done it before. They have scored sixty or more points in a game seven times this season.

“We are still making sophomore and freshmen mistakes. We’re a JV team. I’ve said that all along,” Copass said. “We are working our tails off trying to get them to score, and we’ll keep on working at it.”

The Cougars are back in action on Wednesday, as Copass and Co. visit Kentucky Country Day (15-9).


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