Cougars Net Triple Digits in Win Over Gogebic
The ICC women’s basketball hit the century mark for the second time this season, cruising to a 108-55 win over Gogebic (MI) Community College on Saturday afternoon at Ramsey Gym. All players reached the scoring column, including five Cougars who reached double figures, as ICC shot 52% from the field (41-79) and out-rebounded GCC 56-37. With the win, ICC reached the 20 win plateau for an amazing 42nd time in program history (since 1969-70), and the Cougars now stand at 20-7, while Gogebic fell to 15-12.
This one was decided early, led by the dynamic duo of Jasmine Levy and Bailey Larsen. Those two ladies combined to score the first 14 points, propelling ICC to a 14-0 lead on scores inside and two Larsen treys (assists Krystal Walker). The Cougar defense stymied the Samsons while the offense stayed in high gear behind Kellyn Maynard, Abby Coates, Emma Henderson, and Madison Faulkner to give ICC a 26-8 lead after the first period.
Gogebic evened things out in the second quarter as ICC experimented defensively and GCC cut their deficit to 36-22 at the 5:34 mark, but an Aubrey Magro three-pointer at the end of the shot clock got ICC back on track, followed by a Kathy Pinnock-Branford shot block that she turned into a layup (assist Isreal Evans). Sia Williams and Kennedy Banks got in on the scoring action with baskets and Faulkner and Henderson finished off the first half scoring to put ICC up 51-31 at half.
The Cougars’ depth continued to show in the second half, as they outscored GCC 34-13 in the third to continue to increase their lead and the team subbed liberally in the second half for the win.
Game goals met:
*Win bench scoring: 57-4
*Win bench rebounding: 25-4
*Win at least 3 of 4 quarters
*Met turnover goal
Leading post rebounder: Levy (9)
Leading guard rebounder: Pinnock-Branford (5)
Levy (10 pts, 9 reb, 5 blks), Walker (9 pts, 5 asts), Faulkner (15 pts, 4 reb), Magro (7 pts, 3 asts), Williams (6 pts), Maynard (7 pts), Pinnock-Branford (10 pts, 8 st, 5 reb), Henderson (7pts, 3 asts), Coates (10 pts, 7 reb), Larsen (19 pts, 4 asts), Banks (7 reb, 6 pts, 3 asts), Evans (2 pts, 2 asts).
Prior to the game, seven players were recognized for their participation in the program: Kennedy Banks (Dunlap HS), Isreal Evans (Peoria HS), Bailey Larsen (Normal University HS), Jasmine Levy (Proviso East HS), Kellyn Maynard (Paxton-Buckley-Loda HS), Aubrey Magro (Rochester HS), Krystal Walker (Zion-Benton HS). The Cougars do have two remaining home games, but since those games fall on weekdays and some of the players’ families may be unable to make it to Peoria, the team had their recognition today.
The Cougars also celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports’ Day by inviting several local junior high girls’ basketball teams to the game to be recognized at halftime. Teams who attended were: Elmwood 7th graders (2nd place), East Peoria Central 7th graders (3rd place), St. Pat’s Washington 8th grade (state qualifiers), and Princeville 8th grade girls (state qualifiers). Former ICC softball player, Nicole (Kurth) Duncheon, addressed the crowd at halftime to share her experiences as an athlete.