Cathedral drops pair of games to visiting Wesson Cobras
Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2000
In the box score, it appears that Wesson center Channelle McCrory scored a harmless four points.
But considering all of her scores were in the thrilling overtime period, her team will take every one of them, as they helped lead the Lady Cobras to a heart-stopping 47-41 victory. In the nightcap, Cobra point guard Richie Miller tossed in 16 points to secure a convincing 58-40 win for the varsity boys and a sweep for the visitors.
Lady Green Wave (5-2, 2-1) coach Craig Beesley knew play within the paint would be critical to a win.
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&uot;We have to hit our perimeter shots early because I have a feeling they will be doubling the post,&uot; he said.
Beesley added that the game was important to maintain momentum into the Christmas break.
Both teams opened sluggish and sloppy, but full court pressure provided many offensive opportunities. Wesson answered an opening Lady Wave 5-0 run with nine points of their own thanks to tenacious defense. More importantly, as the game grew more physical, Cathedral center Kate Prescott ran into foul trouble, which came back to haunt the hosts in overtime.
In a nip and tuck contest throughout, Cathedral’s Mary Margaret Alwood, who tossed in a team-high 11 points, started to heat up from the outside. With Alwood stretching the defense, Prescott went to work scoring most of her 10 points at crunch time.
From there it appeared Wesson was about to crumble with the score 35-30 and the crowd screaming for the knockout punch.
But Caron Brister chipped in eight of her game-high 17 points in the waning moments which set the stage for overtime and McCrory’s heroics.
In the boys contest, Cathedral coach Ken Beesley Jr. looked to reverse his fortunes by stressing one strategy: &uot;Stop the point guard, Richie Miller.&uot;
As the game started, it looked like a good game plan, as the underdog Green Wave took advantage of the cold-shooting Cobras en route to an early 9-2 advantage.
But as the game wore on, the Green Wave wore out and Wesson’s Miller and David Smith scored 16 and 15 points respectively, leading a decisive 19-5 second quarter run.
The second half was featured play by both teams benches as the hosts could not wear down the deficit under double digits.
However, the defeat did not overshadow the inspired effort of the Green Wave’s Bart Lane who led all scorers with 17 points. With the loss, the boys now stare at a 1-7 mark with four of those losses in district play.