Cobb scores 22 points in Cougar tournament victory
By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent
Maggie Cobb spread 41 points over two games as she led Chewelah’s Lady Cougars to the Reardan Lions Club Christmas Tournament championship last week. Cobb scored 19 points in Thursday night’s 52-25 win over Wellpinit. She returned to the floor to score 22 points in the championship game in which the Cougars defeated host Reardan 50-37.
Cobb has averaged just under 20 points per game through Chewelah’s last five outings. The Lady Cougars have won four of those five games, and they currently boast a 7-3 record going into this week’s league schedule. They are averaging 54 points per game over their last five encounters.
Chewelah had no trouble with either team they faced at Reardan. After taking a 21-13 first period lead, the Cougars goose-egged the Redskins in the second period to take a 29-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. Then, they allowed only two points in the third period on their way to a 52-25 win.
Kyrstan Miller scored 11 points and Krislyn Koler added 10 more for Chewelah, which had three players in double-digits.
In the tournament championship game against Reardan on Friday night, the Cougars again employed a good balance of scoring and defense to overpower the Indians by a 50-37 score.
Most of the damage was done in the first and third periods when the Cougars outscored the Indians 13-4 and 13-6.
Cobb was the lone Chewelah player in double-figures on Friday with 22 points. Jaelynn Skok had nine, and Miller finished the game with seven.
The Lady Cougars returned to their league schedule this week to play three pivotal ballgames. They hosted Deer Park (2-1) on Tuesday. They drive to Colville (2-1) on Friday, and then to Riverside (0-3) this coming Tuesday.
All three are games Chewelah should win, which would give the Cougars a considerable boost in the league standings. Games at Colville and Riverside begin at 7:30 p.m.
CHEWELAH 50, REARDAN 37
Chewelah 13 16 13 8-50
Reardan 4 17 6 10-37
Chewelah Scoring – Cobb 22, Katzer 2, Koler 5, Miller 7, Mitchell 2, Robison 3, Skok 9
Reardan Scoring – Williams 2, Frolov 2, Martinez 6, Merriot 1, Dewey 16, Williams 10
Chewelah boys break out the offensive firepower in wins over St. John-Endicott and Reardan at holiday tourney
By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent
The Chewelah Cougars exploded for 22 points in the fourth period last Friday night to post a 47-37 come from behind victory over the St. John-Endicott Eagles in the championship game of the annual Reardan Lions Club Christmas Tournament.
On the previous night, Chewelah held back a Wellpinit surge in the final period to claim a 51-50 win over the high-scoring Redskins.
The Cougars trailed St. John-Endicott 26-25 going into the final period. Then, suddenly, they started hitting the baskets they had been missing through four of their past five games. Hopefully, the Cougs will continue their scoring streak when they re-enter league play against Deer Park, Colville, and Riverside over their next three games.
Led by Jensen Holloway and Elan Krausz, Chewelah rallied past the Eagles to bring home the first place plaque.
Holloway notched nine of his team-high 12 points in the final eight minutes. Krausz scored five of his seven points in that period. Also adding to the Cougar attack with two points apiece were Griffin Stroyan, Gavin Parrott and Nils Berger.
“We’ve been playing pretty good defense all season,” said Coach Tyler Goldman. “The difference is that our shooting was much improved at Reardan. We still had a slow start in both games, which we will be working on this week, but we were able to shoot our way back for the two wins.”
Chewelah got off to a slow start against St. John-Endicott. The Cougars trailed the Eagles 10-5 at the end of the first period, with a three-pointer from Holloway and a jumper from Parrott being the only shots that dropped through the net.
Ryder Robison and Dom Coleman each scored five points to get Chewelah through the second period. Still, the Cougars were behind by a 21-19 score at halftime.
Chewelah still did not get into its groove in the third period. Krausz, Parrott, and Nils Berger drained the only three shots for the Cougars. However, they yielded only five points to the Eagles, whittling down their lead to a one-point spread, 26-25.
Here is where the Cougars caught fire. With Holloway hitting from the outside and Krausz scoring on the inside, they left St. John-Endicott in the exhaust to win first place hardware, 47-37.
Against Wellpinit on the opening night of the tournament, the Chewelah defense limited the Redskins to 20 points under their average game total. Wellpinit had scored 83 and 81 points in their last two outings. A solid Cougar defense allowed the offense to gain momentum and punch 51 points into the scoreclock.
The win ended a four-game losing streak for Chewelah and restored confidence in the Cougars’ ability to score. Chewelah had scored 41 against Medical Lake, 36 at Newport, and 29 points against Springdale in their preceding three games.
Down 14-9 at the end of the first period, the Cougars got a kick start from Robison, who scored nine of his team- high 12 points in the first half. He got help from Berger, who scored all six of his points in the second period.
By halftime, Chewelah had a 27-22 lead as the defense limited Wellpinit to only eight points in the second period.
Then, the Cougars fought to stay ahead through the remainder of the game as the Redskins slowly narrowed the scoring gap.
Chewelah still held a 40-35 lead at the end of the third period. It took team effort for the Cougars to stay in the lead, but they did. Owen Baldwin and Holloway both scored their five points in that fourth period, and Krausz scored eight of his 10 points down the final stretch.
Wellpinit fought all the way to the final buzzer. The Redskins had the last possession and had time for a final a shot, but instead they threw the ball out of bounds, leaving Chewelah on top, 51-50.
The Cougars returned to their league schedule on Tuesday, when they hosted Deer Park (1-2). They now go on the road for two games, at Colville (1-2) on Friday and at Riverside (0-3) on Tuesday. Both games begin at 5:45 p.m.
CHEWELAH 47, SJE 37
Chewelah 5 14 6 22-47
SJE 10 11 5 11-37
Chewelah scoring – Jensen Holloway 12, Elan Krausz 7, Gavin Parrott 6, Ryder Robison 5, Dom Coleman 5, Owen Baldwin 4, Nils Berger 4, Eli Hubert 2, Griffin Stroyan 2