Lady ’Lopes take big hit from Cougars

By JIM RUMBLE

Last month the Carlynton Cougars dominated when they hosted the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, and last Thursday's game played on the Lady ‘Lopes' home floor was no different when the two teams got together for their rematch in section play.

"It was their press," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe after seeing her team overpowered 62-16.

Carlynton implemented their full court press again defensively for most of the first half and forced the Avonworth offense into one turnover after another.

"I think that we actually over-prepared," said Roscoe, who admitted to spending extra time in practice. “But that can sometimes be just as bad as not being prepared.

Lily Tedesco accounted for all of the Antelopes’ points in the opening quarter, with two baskets that came when the Lady ‘Lopes were successful navigating through the Cougars’ defense, but Carlynton held a 31-4 lead when the quarter ended.

In the second quarter Erin Welsh scored on a reverse lay-up, Morgan Rader hit on a mid-range jump shot, and Nicole Costa converted on the front end of a one-and-one from the free throw line. Carlynton remained in total control as they cruised to a 54-9 halftime lead.

The mercy rule was in effect to start the third quarter, where Katie Gould got on the scorers’ sheet with a pair of free throws, and that was it for the offense as Avonworth fell behind 62-11 to end the period.

Anna Joyce and Sara Ward each scored baskets, while Gould added another free throw, in the fourth quarter to put the final score at 62-16.

The 'Lopes now trail South Side Beaver by a game for fourth place in the section.