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Cougars Finish Strong
The Cougars started the game with a 13-2 lead before the Pensacola Eagles answered with their own 7 point run. Baskets would be exchanged as the teams went into the locker room at the half with Clearwater having a 23-22 lead.
The second half started with Pensacola scoring first, and the teams began a series of lead exchanges. With 8 minutes left in the game, Clearwater was up 40-39. Pensacola would try to establish a solid lead in the next 4 minutes opening the game up with a 49-43 lead. But Clearwater stepped up their defensive intensity, and led by a 9 point scoring run of All-American Katie Jo Mullens, the score became tied with 1:11 left in the game. Clearwater continued the defensive efforts and on Pensacola's next two possessions pulled down defensive rebounds to which Pensacola responded with quick fouls allowing Clearwater to creep ahead 54-52.
Katie Jo Mullens led the team with 22 points while Amanda Ison had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars are 2-6. Their next game will be Saturday at 1 p.m. against Trinity Baptist College.
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