Women’s Basketball Continue Success with Wins
COUGARS WEAR DOWN B&S FOR WIN – February 18
The #10 ICC women’s basketball game meshed the feeling of being at the dentist for a root canal (the first half) and a trip to a Florida beach (the second half) all into one pleasant February afternoon (Feb. 18), defeating Bryant & Stratton College 86-62 at Ramsey Gym. The Bobcats, (17-10) controlled the first half with sizzling field goal shooting (7-11 from 3-point range), but ICC found their defensive intensity in the second half which jump-started their offense, allowing them to double up their guests in the second half scoring column to get the win.
Jasmine Elliott and Bailey Larsen combined to score the first 11 Cougar points (assists Sommer Burgard, Brandi Fier, Serena Meiss, Krystal Walker) to give ICC an 11-9 lead halfway through the quarter. B&S then went on an 8-0 run, as ICC turned the ball over twice and got soft defensively to fall behind 17-11. Larsen (who had 9 points in the quarter) and Brianna Henson combined for the next six points, but ICC trailed 20-17 after the first period. Stats for the quarter showed the Bobcats shooting 69% (9-13) and scoring 8 points off of Cougar miscues, leading to the deficit.
Walker started the scoring off in the second stanza (assist Elliott), and Sydney McClintock added a basket (assist Walker), but ICC still trailed 29-24. The Cougar defense got going a little bit, forcing three turnovers and turning them into two Elliott baskets (Henson and Burgard assists). Henson and Meiss worked their way for the next seven points (assists Meiss and Fier) to knot the score at 35-all with under two minutes to play and ICC managed a 39-38 halftime lead.
The Cougars regrouped at halftime and came out with a renewed sense of defensive energy, catapulting them to go on a mind-boggling 23-0 run to start the third period, as neither team looked like the squad from the first half. The Cougars forced four Bobcat turnovers and sliced up the B&S zone defense in textbook fashion. Walker hit Burgard for a turn-around jumper to get the scoring going, and then Fier did her best Tom Brady on Super Bowl Sunday impression, with pin-point passes for two Henson scores, a Walker layup, and Larsen three-pointer to put ICC up 59-38. Larsen nailed another three on a McClintock assist, followed by a Fier three-ball (assist Kellyn Maynard) to close the run and go up 62-38.
B&S, playing with only six players, ran out of gas to start the fourth, and ICC used their depth to keep things rolling. Maynard hit Walker for a field goal to give ICC their largest lead at 80-47 at the 5:39 mark, and while the Bobcats found an offensive surge at the end of the game, the Cougars moved their record to 21-6. And, as has been the case all season, the Cougars shared the ball with a season-high 29 assists on the afternoon.
Game goals met:
- Get a shot on first possession of every quarter
- Get 80% of 50/50 balls
- Take at least one charge (Kellyn Maynard)
- 70% free throw shooting (8-11 for 73%)
- Win bench scoring (ICC 42, B&S 0)
Larsen (17 pts, 7 reb). Henson (14 pts, 4 reb). McClintock (13 pts, 6 reb). Walker (13 pts, 6 asts, 2 blks). Elliott (10 pts, 5 reb). Fier (9 asts, 8 pts, 3 st). Meiss (6 reb, 5 pts). Burgard (4 pts, 4 reb). Maynard (5 reb, 2 pts).
COUGARS TOPPLE VIKINGS: February 21
#10 ICC women’s basketball team raced out to a big first-half lead to bring home a 99-68 win against Augustana’s JV on Tuesday night (Feb. 21) in Rock Island. The Cougars placed five players in double figures while dishing out 25 assists to move their record to 22-6 overall.
ICC moved the ball well and got lots of players involved in the early going. Bailey Larsen hit two treys (assists Brandi Fier) and scored on a lefty putback, while Jasmine Elliott and Sommer Burgard scored inside to help give ICC a 12-8 lead. Brianna Henson made a layup in transition (assist Fier) to start an 11-0 run, putting the Blue & Gold ahead 23-8. The Vikings showed some fight, and closed the deficit to 30-17 after the first period of play.
The Cougar offense stalled to start the second quarter, turning the ball over on four of their first six possessions. Burgard scored to get ICC back on track, followed by a Krystal Walker layup, and scores by Kellyn Maynard, Sydney McClintock, and a Larsen three-ball helped forge a 52-21 halftime advantage.
The Vikings kept attacking, but the hosts spotted the Cougars too much in the beginning to make a dent on the scoreboard. ICC continued to look for scores inside from Burgard, McClintock, Elliott, and Henson to take a 75-42 lead into the final period, and kept Augustana at bay to finish out the game.
Game goals met:
Shot & stop after a timeout
Opponent doesn’t score last possession of the quarter
Get 80% of 50/50 balls
Opponent doesn’t go on 6-0 run
Win bench scoring; ICC 46, Augustana 26
McClintock 18 pts, Burgard 16 pts, Elliott 14 pts & 12 reb, Larsen 14 pts, Henson 13 pts & 5 reb, Maynard 9 pts & 6 reb, Walker 6 pts, Meiss 5 pts & 4 asts, Fier 9 assists (her 3rd game in a row with 9!) & 4 pts
Up next: Saturday, February 25 vs. South Suburban at 2:00 pm at Ramsey Gym; the game should be live-streamed. ICC will recognize four sophomores before the game for their last appearance at Ramsey Gym: Sommer Burgard (VIT HS), Brandi Fier (Hononegah HS), Brianna Henson (Dunlap HS), and Serena Meiss (Eureka HS).