The North Daviess girl’s basketball team defeated Loogootee 49-26 on Tuesday at Jack Butcher Arena in Loogootee.
The game seemed evenly matched at the end of the first quarter with the Cougars leading the Lions, 9-8. However, during the second quarter the Cougars used a suffocating defense that held the Lions to only four points.
“We did not do a very good job the first half,” said Loogootee head coach Chad Wade. “We got down, had way too many turnovers. But when you have to play a sophomore and freshman at point, you’re going to have a little bit of struggles.”
Turnovers plagued the Lions throughout the game; the Cougars had 23 takeaways throughout the game.
“That is something that we do out of our defense,” said North Daviess head coach Ron Knepp. “We want to try to apply pressure so that you can’t stand there and look around. We want to pressure the basketball, make it do something. We pride ourselves in our defense.”
The Lions faced a 15-point deficit at halftime but attempted to make a comeback in the second half. The Lions held the Cougars to six points in the third quarter and scored nine of their own.
“In the second half we played with a little bit more quickness,” said Wade. “I just told them at the half that we have to continue to grow as a team and to do that you have to be able to compete, to be able to fight.”
The Cougars however were able to regroup and soon pulled away.
“I thought we learned a lot more in the second half,” said Knepp. “We’ve never been under that kind of pressure in practice before and I thought Loogootee did very nice job of applying a lot of pressure. We had to slow ourselves down and close out the game and finish it.”
In the fourth quarter the Cougars held the Lions to just five points and scored 16 of their own giving them an easy win.
Loogootee was lead by senior Christina Ziegler who scored eight points.
North Daviess was lead by senior Sabra Smith with 20 points.