The North Daviess Lady Cougars showed why its always a little dangerous to leave a cat a little too loose near to a Bird Cage, as ND posted a 69-18 win over the Lady Cardinals on Thursday.

The Cougars put Adrianne Wagler in double figures with 17 points (five treys), Mya Knepp with 15, Hayley Beuhler with 12 and Madde Miller with 11 to set the offensive tone for the evening.

The Cougars also benefited from WC shooting just 7-59 from the floor and 18 Cardinals’ turnovers.

“We have been struggling to find an offense and I think we started to find it tonight,” said ND coach Joey Riggins. “We executed the way we wanted to in the first quarter and I thought we ran stuff the way we wanted.

“Haley got us going right away, both Madde and Madi ran the point well, Adrianne hit four treys in the first half, along with Mya and Ashley dominating on the boards. We could have been a little more patient, but we got good looks.”

ND went right to work with a technical foul before the tip-off followed by baskets from Beuhler and Mya Knepp leading to a 7-0 lead. However, WC did get on the board with a basket at the 4:00 mark from Alyssa Davison.

Beuhler and Madde Miller help push the lead to 11-2 Cougars. Knepp also added a basket in transition off a steal, followed up with Beuhler fourth basket of the quarter and helping ND to a 17-4 lead after one quarter, a quarter that saw WC go just 1 of 15 from the floor.

ND’s record setting 3-point shooter Adrianne Wagler added the game’s first trey to make it 21-2, as the Cougar defense continued to force turnovers and bad shots.

WC’s Bryanna Hunter added a Cardinal bucket at 3:30 of the second to cut it to 30-4. Lady Cardinal Ally Cline added a pair of free throws and Adeline O’Brian nailed a trey, but Wagler responded with two more long balls to send ND into the half with a 37-11 lead.

Ashley Knepp opened the scoring with a free throw at 5:30 of the third, pushing the lead to 38-11. The scoring drought would continue to the 4:00 mark, before Mya Knepp would add a pair of free throws. During the first four minutes of the quarter, both teams would combine to go 0-16 from the floor. Mya Cline picked up the first bucket of the quarter with just over a minute to play for WC, but ND was still able to extend it to 45-13, with all their points coming on free throws (8-12).

The Lady Cougars drew first blood in the four quarter with a basket from Mya Knepp. Miller added a basket during an 8-2 Cougar run. Ashley Knepp added a pair of free throws that put ND up by 40 at 56-16. During the quarter Wagler added her fifth trey of the night and Miller hit her first. Makenzie Lawyer also added a triple for ND as the Cougars finished off the game, 69-18.

WC was led by Ally Cline and O’Brian with five points each, Mya Cline had four, while Hunter and Davison had two each.

“Any girl in that locker room can tell you that we got good looks, we just have to figure out how to get them in the basket,” said WC coach Brant Stevens. “We are just going to work on getting better. This was just our first game.”

Mya Knepp led ND with 14 rebounds, while Ashley Knepp had 13. ND won the rebounding battle, 57-42.

There was no JV game played.

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