Cougars take two from Hiwassee Dam
Article Author: Danny Rogers
The Copper Basin Cougars and Lady Cougars each improved their 2011-12 basketball record to 2-4 with victories over the visiting Hiwassee Dam Eagles.
The Copper Basin Cougars and Lady Cougars each improved their 2011-12 basketball record to 2-4 with victories over the visiting Hiwassee Dam Eagles. The Lady Cougars held off a persistent, game-long rally by the Lady Eagles to win 62-56, and the Basin boys won a back and forth close affair 60-54.
The Cougars will host Cleveland Christian on December 6th and on December 8th Nantahala will come calling. The Cougars will make a return trip to Nantahala on December 13th, and will finish its pre-holiday schedule December 21st through the 23rd with a trip to Gatlinburg to play in a holiday tournament there.
The Basin girls got off to quick start and appeared to have their game under complete control, leading at the end of the first quarter 19-6. However, beginning in the second quarter, the Lady Eagles began to gradually come back, outscoring the Lady Cougars 13-9 and cutting Basin’s lead to 28-20 by halftime.
The Lady Eagles continued to show patience in the third quarter and take good shots and by the end of that quarter the Lady Cougar lead was down to 43-37. In the fourth quarter the Lady Eagles completed their comeback with 3:50 left in the game when they tied the score at 53. But a 9-3 run down the stretch lead by Brianna Hyatt and Lindsey Brackett, who canned 4 free throws each sealed the victory for the Lady Cougars.
Hyatt led all scorers with 27 points, while Haley Buchanan had 10 for the victors. Tristan Hedden scored 8 points and blocked 5 shots for Basin. Hiwassee Dam was led by Morgan Helton with 13 points. Alex Lovingood who canned 3 critical 3 pointers in the third quarter in Hiwassee Dam’s comeback ended with 12 points. Kendall Haney added 11 for the Lady Eagles.
The boys contest was a back and forth affair which saw the lead change hands several times. The Cougars held the upper hand at the end of the first quarter by a 13-9 count behind Matt Ray’s 8 points. The Eagles rallied in the second quarter and took the lead at 18-16, but a Basin surge during the last part of that quarter gave them a 23-20 advantage going into the locker room.
Both teams came out firing in the third quarter and scored almost as many points in that quarter as they had in the first half. However, the Cougars finished with a 2-point advantage in the third quarter and upped their advantage to 43-38 by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles managed to cut Basin’s lead down to 2 points several times, but each time they came close, a Basin spurt would extend the Cougar lead. Jake Dilbeck, who had been relatively silent to this point in the game, scored half of his total points in the fourth quarter to help preserve Basin’s win. Dilbeck finished with 16 points, but scoring honors went to teammate Matt Ray who had 22 points. Dylan Boggs and Jake Cooper had 11 points each as the Cougars had their most balanced scoring attack of the young season. The Eagles were led by Alex Rogers who had 21 points and Jacob Rhodes who had 8.
Basin-62 Brianna Hyatt 27, Buchanan 10, Trentham 4, Brackett 6, Hedden 8, Cassie Hyatt 3, Caitlyn Hyatt 4, Brown 1.
Hiwassee Dam-56 Boring 8, Lovingood 12, Haney 11, Bryson 5, Golden 4, Raper 3, Helton 13.
Basin-60 Dilbeck 16, Ray 22, Boggs 11, Cooper 11.
Hiwassee Dam-54 Rhodes 8, Moore 6, Badford 3, Crowe 3, Rogers 21, Johnson 3, Hayes 6.
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