SHAWNEE—It was consolation Friday at the Pottawatomie County Basketball Tournament and the North Rock Creek Cougars and Lady Cougars were attempting to advance into the consolation title games. The two squads fell short, but not without a fight, as the Lady Cougars fell 36-26 to the Asher Lady Indians before the Wellston Tigers outlasted the Cougars 57-41.
It was a family affair in the girl’s game, as it was mother versus daughter on the sidelines.
Mom got the best of things on this night, but both were excited to get the chance to go head to head.
“We are both very excited about it,” said Asher head coach, and mom, Teresa Fowler.
For a half, it was anyone’s game. Asher took a 7-5 lead after the first quarter and a 16-15 halftime advantage. Sarah Fleming scored five of her 11 points in the first half for Asher.
The Lady Cougar’s Jordan Haney was equally impressive. The freshman scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the half.
Things changed in the third quarter. The Lady Indians defense smothered North Rock Creek, holding them to a single point and sprinted out to a 33-16 third quarter advantage.
The Lady Cougars rallied in the fourth thanks, in part, to two Haney treys. They outscored Asher 10-3 in the fourth, but it was too little too late, as Asher advances to today’s consolation final. Haney was the only Lady Cougar in double figures, Desiree Johnson added seven points in the loss.
Fleming and Bailey Larman each scored 11 for Asher. Kat Dixson netted nine.
The boys game was close and intense, throughout. The two squads battled to a 12-12 first quarter tie and got there in completely different ways. Wellston shot nine free throws in the quarter and hit six of them, while the Cougars had two buckets by Noah McMullan and two treys by Jamarian Jenkins. Jenkins came off of the bench to provide a spark for North Rock Creek.
The game stayed tight in the second quarter, but Wellston’s 6’9” post got his game going. He scored eight of his game-high 16 points and did so right around the rim.
The game slowed down in the third, as both teams combined for 15 points. Wellston led 31-30 heading to the final quarter.
North Rock Creek came out firing and after Jenkins third trey of the game, led 38-34 with 5:48 left to play. That turned out to be the beginning of the end for the Cougars.
Wellston went on an 11-0 run in the next two and half minutes and emerges with a 45-38 lead with 3:16 left to play.
North Rock Creek got as close as five again on two McMullan free throws with 3:08 left to play and Wellston closed the game scoring 14 more unanswered points to get the win.
Mitchell was joined in double figures by McKoy Coulson’s 13 point effort.
Jenkins led North Rock Creek with 15 and McMullan scored 10 points. Carter Harvey and Rayne Jones each hit for six points for the Cougars.