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Lady Cougars Drop 3rd Straight
Coming into the season, this first week of games was identified as a very difficult stretch. Even before classes started at CCC, observers noticed that if any dual-sport athletes were part of the team, there would likely be just one practice before the Lady Cougars took the floor against Warner University to open the season.
After a 43-84 loss to Ave Maria University, a very challenging week has come to an end. The week consisted of 3 games and 3 practices, and only half of the team was available to practice prior to this week.
Of the challenges of preparing his team for this week, Coach Wilson said, "I knew we would have a tough time this week. It is hard enough to get ready for the level of competition that we played this week with the entire team available for an entire preseason. One day is just not enough time to get everyone on the same page."
Saturday's game was another example of the struggles that the Lady Cougars have had in this opening week. Ave Maria opened the game with a 19-1 run in the first 7 minutes. The Gyrenes would use that momentum to go into halftime with a 46-17 lead.
"We did not start well at all," commented Coach Wilson. "Ave Maria is a good team, and they really did some things to affect the way that we played, but we certainly did not help ourselves in the first half."
The second half started much better with the Lady Cougars outscoring Ave Maria 26-20 in the first 12:30 of the half, including a 17-6 run in the first 6 minutes. However, the Gyrenes would race away, outscoring Clearwater 18-0 over the last 7:30 of the game. With the loss the Cougars fell to 0-3.
Coach Wilson wrapped up his comments saying, "I was very pleased with the way our team played in the second half. We were unable to get a shot to fall over the last 8 minutes or so, but I was very proud of the way the team executed our halftime adjustments. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be, but this team has shown signs this week of being able to have a very satisfying season."
Tori Hale led all scorers with 24 points to go along with 4 assists.
The Lady Cougars will take the next week to rest and spend time with family for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will return to action at home against South Region opponent Toccoa Falls College on Friday, November 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to Whom we are giving thanks!
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