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Cougars fall to Lakeside Lions 50-30


January 3, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Riley Molloy leads the fastbreak for the Cougars as they attack the Lakeside defense at Lakewood High School on Dec. 28.

The Lakewood girls basketball team capped off the Cougar Classic with a championship game against the Lakeside Lions on Dec. 28.

The Lions took over the game from the tip-off as they didn't seem to miss and locked down the Cougars through the first half. Lakeside rattled off a 20-2 run in the first quarter to give them the control of the game. In the second quarter, the Cougars stepped up their defense but weren't able to pull any closer as they entered halftime down 29-7.

In the second half, Lakewood began to find their identity as they battled and found open shots. They outscored the Lions, 23-21, but it wasn't enough to make up for the first half as the Cougars lost, 50-30.

"I think we began to play better when we started to play a little looser and let the game come to us. We have an inexperienced team, excluding a couple of our starters, so they need to become more assertive the rest of the way. The Cougar Classic is a good test because we get to have it in our house, but it also gets them ready to play back-to-back games later in the season," said Lakewood Head Coach Chris Walster.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's senior guard Jelly Perry splits the Lions' defense and scores late in the game at Lakewood High School on Dec. 28.

The Cougars were led by the dominant performance from their senior guard Jelly Perry. Perry tallied a double-double as she had 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also led the team on the defensive end as she blocked five shots and racked up three steals.

Emily Senyitko, the other senior captain, contributed with five points of her own. She also added more to the stat sheet with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Nokoya Fryberg and Malia Ryden also helped Lakewood as they provided a spark off the bench. Fryberg was second on the team with points, six, and hit both of her threes late in the fourth quarter. Ryden also contributed with three points late in the game and also grabbed one offensive rebound.

If you want to come out and support the Cougars they will be having their next home game against the Mount Baker Mountaineers on Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:15 p.m.


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