Dateline: Roswell, Ga.
The Lady Cougars began the final afternoon of tournament play with an emphatic display of defensive execution and rebounding tenacity to key a 32 – 7 rout of MSA. The victory allowed TCS to annex the third place slot in the tournament for the second season in a row, while also accounting for the fifth overall conference win of the year, which stands as a “modern” record for the ladies’ program in conference play.
Buoyed by a trapping defense that consistently short circuited the Mustang attack, Maria Knezek capitalized on the other end of the court, tallying 8 of her team’s 11 first quarter points. MSA’s defensive adjustments after the first frame served to slow down the TCS onslaught, but free throws by senior Marissa Edwards, center Shakirah Wazeerud-Din, and buckets by frontcourt reserve Bethany Lingle, and eighth grader Natalia Hoeve allowed the home towners to push their lead to 14 by halftime. As both teams emerged from their respective locker rooms, the Lady Cougars decided to close the barn door shut once and for all. During the third quarter, they surrendered only two points while Wazeerud-Din converted on two punishing post moves. Three other Cougars got into the scoring column as well, pushing the game out of reach. In the final stanza, Cottage allowed senior Marissa Edwards to “leave it all out on the court” as a part of a variety of new line-ups.
Shakirah Wazeerud-Din and Maria Knezek both led the game with 8 points apiece, Natalie Yager followed with a season high 6 points, Brandy Michelle Finnell nailed 3, Marissa Edwards finished her senior campaign with a 2nd quarter free throw, while Bethany Lingle and Natalia Hoeve both chipped in a hoop. Hoeve’s basket represented her first in official play of the year. The basket also made for the first time in the (verified) history of the Lady Cougars that all members of the squad scored during the course of the season!
Further statistics will be forthcoming pending Lyle’s review of the film.