Cobras Bite Cougars in 4th Quarter for Win
Defense has been a bright spot for the #12 ICC women’s basketball team, but it let them down when they needed it most, causing a 74-68 setback to Parkland College (RV) in Region 24 action in Champaign on Wednesday night. The Cougars took a one-point advantage into the fourth quarter but were outscored 22-15 in the final frame, dropping their overall record to 19-7 and 3-3 in Region 24 games. Parkland is now 18-5 overall and 5-2 in Region 24 action.
The Cobras came out aggressive in the first quarter, bolting to a an early 15-8 lead. Following a time-out, ICC got on track with a Madison Faulkner jumper, followed by a Bailey Larsen three-pointer, allowing the Cougars to pull to within 20-18 after the first stanza. Second quarter action continued to be fast-paced, as Faulkner added two more baskets on the offensive end, while Kathy Pinnock-Branford and Sia Williams picked up the defense for ICC. Kellyn Maynard drove inside for two baskets, and Emma Henderson shook free for two outside scores and ICC took a 36-34 advantage into halftime. Parkland scored nearly a third of their points from the charity stripe, shooting 12-12 from the FT line in the first half, while the Cougars were only allowed six chances for freebies.
Krystal Walker heated up in the third quarter, nailing two jumpers from the right and left wing to get things going, while Faulkner, Pinnock-Branford, Abby Coates, and Kennedy Banks each added scores to keep the Cougars in the lead at the end of the third by a score of 53-52. The game was up for grabs in the final ten minutes, but ICC went cold from the field and Parkland pushed onward and open a 67-60 lead. Larsen hit a three-pointer to draw to within 67-63, but the Cobras made their free throws down the stretch for the final margin. Final stats showed Parkland going 22-47 from the field (including a sizzling 7-12 from 3-point range), and going 23-28 from the free throw line. By contrast, the Cougars finished 29-73 from the field (including a chilly 2-19 from three-point range) and only getting 12 free throw attempts (8-12) on the evening. Rebounds were equal at 30-apiece.
Game goals met:
*Win bench scoring
*Opponent less than 12 offensive rebounding
*Met turnover goal
Leading guard rebounder: Maynard with 7
Leading post rebounder: Coates with 5
Walker (8pts, 6 reb), Faulkner (14 pts), Maynard (8pts, 7 reb, 6 asts), Coates (7 pts, 5 reb), Larsen (12 pts, 5 reb), Pinnock-Branford (6 pts, 3 asts), Banks (4 pts), Williams (4 pts), Henderson (5 pts).