Cobequid loses big lead, still beats North Nova
Cougars hang on for win
TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars won their high school girls basketball game Wednesday against the North Nova Gryphons.
But for a few minutes late in the fourth quarter, it looked as if they might not.
Despite holding a 17-point lead, the Gryphons closed the gap to within four points in the final minute and forced the Cougars to claw out a 70-64 victory. The win improves Cobequid's overall record to 3-10.
"We just started to relax," said Cougars guard Carly Totten. "They saw that and took advantage of it and we really had to hold on for it."
Cougars coach Darren Gerrior agreed with his player's assessment and added his team has yet to develop a killer instinct.
"We're young and we haven't really learned how to put teams away when we can put them away," he said. "We get comfortable and all of a sudden find ourselves back in a basketball game."
Although Cobequid's lead was part of the cause of its late game woes, it was also a significant factor in the win for the home side.
"It was big for us because they weren't able to overcome it," Totten said.
Kallyn Morgan led the Cougars with 12 points while Sara Densmore netted 11 and Lauren Sinclair managed nine before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Totten and Kandace Hewlett netted eight points apiece and Victoria Dennis and Felicia Gero both had four. Emily Johnson and Alicia MacKinnon rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Totten said Wednesday's contest was a carbon copy of most of their other tilts this season.
"It's been a big issue," she said. "We start strong and play really well for three quarters and that last quarter kills us."
But Gerrior said he feels that issue can be fixed once the team gets a few more games under its belt.
"We just need to string a couple of wins together back-to-back," he said. "We played well (last night) but not consistently. But we're young and we're learning on the job."
Totten said she feels the win, and a few more on Dec. 28 and 29 at a tournament in Riverview, N.B., can get the ball rolling in the right direction for the team.
"It will really help," she said.
The boys squad is competing today to Saturday at the Sackville High Tournament.