Cougars Scalp Indians
By Joe Joe Wright
Even though Albany High Indians had a distinct height advantage over the Cougars, they flat got out played Tuesday night in Cordele. Just looking at them the Indians had 5 guys in the 6’3 to 6’5 range. Crisp has one about 6’5 . However, the Cougars prevailed by 18 in a 58-40 thumping. Falling behind early by 5 points Head Coach Stacy Stephens called time, gathered his boys up told them to calm down take your time on your shots and protect the ball. At the end of 1st period Cougars led 12-7.
By the time half-time rolled around the Cougars had stretched their lead to 30-13 and the romp was on then. It was a point for point game for the most of way and the Cougars won in the end.
Shooting 54% from the field and 87% from the line the Cougars completed a sweep of every major category of Statistics.. “ We played a complete game and even when we got a little sloppy the guys adjusted and took it to them,” said Stacy Stephens Head Coach of the Cougars. The boys were led on offense by Quinatvious Dean with 16 points and Valdis Daniel added 12 more for the victors. The Cougars are now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the region.
Assists Crisp 12, Albany 2; Steals Crisp 18, Albany 2: Rebounds 25 Albany 17.
In the girls game the lady’s took the lead in the first stanza and never looked back. Drubbing the Indians 41-18.
At the end of the 1st period the Lady Cougars were firmly in charge 12-5 and by halftime they had surged to a 23 to 12 lead. At the end of the third. The game was out of hand 29-12. Albany looked almost lethargic in their playing style with very little hustle from the Indians. “ The girls were solid on defense all night, “ said Nina Shannon the lady’s head coach. The Cougarettes shot a dismal 28% and will have to improve on that number but good hustle and 40 rebounds and 21 steals paved the way for the lady’s. They were led on offense by Sophomore Chadaya Miller with 14 points and Junior Zuri Ford with12.