Athletic Results from Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8


  • The varsity girls basketball team suited up against North Raleigh Christian last Friday in an non conference home game. The girls struggled in the first quarter as a pesky NRC team led 8-5. The Lady Cougars stepped up their defense and finished the half 13-12.  The second half had more of the same with the Lady Cougars providing a strong defensive press and some good offense to outscore North Raleigh 29-21 at the end of the third period and eventually beating them 44-35. Chantal Neuwald led the Lady Cougars with 18, Emma Virtanen and Anna Estep added 7, Olivia Osborne and Julie Harriss had 4 pts and Mackenzie Moyer and Leah Baker added 2.   

 

  • On Friday night, Cannon School varsity boys’ basketball team hosted a very talented and well-coached team, the North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights. North Raleigh entered the contest with a sparkling 11-2 record with only narrow defeats to Greensboro Day and High Point Christian. If the high school game lasted 8 minutes, Cannon would have been crowned the winner. If the game lasted 16 minutes, again Cannon would have been the winner. If the game were 24 minutes, the results would have been the same – Cannon wins. Lastly, if the game lasted 28 minutes, well, then, Cannon would have had its most impressive win of the year. But the high school game does not last 28 minutes. It runs a full 32 minutes and in those last four minutes of game action the Cougars would let a monumental opportunity slip away for an upset. Cannon would play absolutely superb fundamentally sound defense for much of the game. The Cougar’s full attention was on stopping the Knight’s outstanding high-scoring duo of SG Austin Nagy and PG Luke Miller. North Raleigh entered the contest averaging 72 points per game, but they would be met with some stern resistance on this night. Behind some early run-out baskets from Alec Wintering, Hans-Christian Lauer and Trevor McWilliams, Cannon took a 17-10 first quarter lead. Cannon would maintain their lead throughout the second quarter despite only scoring 6 second quarter points. The Cougars remained stout and focused on the defensive end and consequently took a 23-22 halftime lead into the locker room.  The Cougars could feel an upset brewing in their half-time talks. With adjustments made and talked about during intermission, Cannon would come out and win the third quarter 14-13 to take a 37-35 advantage heading into the last stanza. An Alec Wintering driving lay-up would put the Cougars up by 5 with 4:41 remaining in the game and forced NRCA to call a timeout. Unfortunately, it would be a different Cannon squad in the last four minutes. There would be several consecutive defensive mix-ups leading to NRCA baskets and additionally there were some very poor decisions made on the offensive end of the court. These breakdowns would ultimately prohibit the Cougars upset bid as they would fall to NRCA 57-49.  Alec Wintering would lead Cannon with 17 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Hans-Christian Lauer would put in an excellent effort on both ends of the court for Cannon as he finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Trevor McWilliams would really spark Cannon’s offense at times by hitting three three-pointers and finishing with 9 points.

 

  • Cannon middle school swimming team had a great first meet back from Winter Break on Saturday Jan. 10th, coming in 2nd to Marvin Ridge Middle, 203-147 and winning against Weddington, 184-155.  Although neither team is in the Cannon conference, they provide a great opportunity to swim against strong competition.  The MS team has done very well this season, with only two more dual meets until their championship meet January 26.  Keep up the good work Cougars!!