The 7th grade girls basketball team hit the court again Tuesday in a rematch against St. Marks Catholic School. The Cougars jumped out to a quick start against the Lions as Christina Stylianou drove the lane and hit a short jumper. The game turned out to be a defensive battle as the Cougars trailed 10-4 at the end of the half. The Cougars came out to play defense in the second half and only trailed 14-8 with only 3 minutes left in the game. Then, the Cougars suffered two untimely injuries to Erin Mason and Jena Metwalli. Due to these two critical injuries, the Cougars were left without a point guard. The Cougars continued to apply the pressure defense until the final whistle, but couldn’t muster up enough offense to get the win. The final score was 14-8. The Cougars have improved dramatically, as St. Mark defeated the Cougars 20-1 just a few weeks earlier.
The 7th grade boys basketball team played the St. Mark’s Lions and early on it was a cat fight as the two teams traded buckets. After the first quarter the Lions led 11-8. The second quarter was much of the same, but in the last minute of the half with the Cougars down by 18-15, Jake Jenike came off a screen at the top of the key, faced the basket and drained a 3 pointer to bring the Cougars even with the Lions as time expired in the half. The second half began and it was a very different half as the Cougars were able to make a concerted effort to get the ball inside into their two dominant big men Cole Lippincott and Ben Wyatt. Cole added 8 points and Ben added 6 points in the 3rd quarter as the Cougars took a commanding 36-25 lead into the 4th quarter. The Lions fought hard to get back into the game with a tenacious full court press but good ball handling and passing from Justin Fromke, Andre Dahan, and Dom Pelucio the Cougars were able to withstand as the Cougars moved their record to 3-3 with a 45-32 final score. Cole Lippincott led the scoring with 15 points, Ben Wyatt had 13 points, Jake Jenike had 6 points, Ryan Chandler had 5 points, Adam Clinard had 4 points and Dominic Pelucio had 2 points and several key steals. The Cougars had excellent defensive play from the guards all night, Justin Fromke, Grant Wagner, and Jake Jenike. The Cougars have one more game tonight versus a very good Holy Trinity team, come out and support your Cougars.