Cyclones rally past Cougars

Katie Brickman
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After having a couple weeks off, it was tough for the Caronport Cougars to shake off the rust.

Paige Newans of the Central Cyclones drives to the net as Emilie Peters of Caronport grabs on hold of the ball during senior girls basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

“We just weren’t ready for this game at all,” said Leigh Wolverton, coach of the Cougars. “I don’t know what else to say. We didn’t play well.”

The Cougars struggled to shoot and manage the ball and clock in their 56-32 loss to the Central Cyclones in senior girls basketball action on Tuesday evening.

“The first half was definitely scrappy,” said Jocelyn Wigmore, head coach of the Cyclones. “I think it was the first game back after break and it took us a long time to find our groove and come together and play as a team.”

The first quarter had the teams tied 8-8, but there were a lot of missed baskets and turnovers from both teams.

The second quarter showed a better push by the Cyclones as they took an eight-point lead into the half. Wigmore continued to yell ‘relax’ to her players from the sidelines when on offence as the ball handlers tried to rush the ball up the floor, resulting in some turnovers.

“I think we have a lot more to show and we are getting there. We’ve had some great practices and we have been working on some stuff,” said Wigmore. “We just really want to see that transfer into games.”

The Cougars were missing captain Lauren Janzen, who is stranded in Miami due to weather conditions. They also only had one practice before this game with seven players that could show up due to winter conditions. However, Wolverton doesn’t want to use that as an excuse for their loss.

“Lauren is one of our mid-key girls and a team leader, so not having her out there was also a factor, but still … we didn’t shoot well. We didn’t do anything well,” said Wolverton.

The Cyclones struggled early on with missed layups, especially since they drove to the net hard looking for those easy baskets. They worked on that in practice, but just couldn’t get those points in game action.

“I think it is just a lack of focus. They are driving to the net, but they aren’t focusing on what they need to do. I think they are in their heads a little bit,” explained Wigmore. “That is something we talked about after the game – is being mentally focused and being mentally in the game. I think those shots and easy turnovers just come down to a lack of focus.”

The Cougars were also at a disadvantage in height as Central has two players that are 6’ or taller. However, Caronport does not have any players that tall. It was a struggle for them to get inside when Central had such height down low.

One of those post players for Central — Gabby Lorge — had a strong game as some of Central’s top point scorers struggled on Tuesday.

“Gabby had a fantastic game … probably one of her best I have seen her play,” said Wigmore. “She really stepped it up and I think there were other people that stepped it up for our team when our stars weren’t producing.”

Peacock defeated Vanier 74-20 in other senior girls action.

Geographic location: Miami

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