Cougars roll over Loggers: #11 ICC 83, Lincoln Land 52
The #11 ICC women’s basketball team played their most complete game of the season to date and were rewarded with an 83-52 win over Region 24 foe Lincoln Land Community College on Saturday afternoon at Ramsey Gym. The ladies used a suffocating defense to take a big first half lead, owned the boards the entire game (52-22 edge), and shared the ball well as evidenced by the 23 assists to score 32 field goals for the win. In addition, the Cougar bench was strong, outscoring their counterparts 45-20 and outrebounding them 21-6 to give ICC a huge boost. The Cougars are now 15-5 overall and 2-1 in Region 24 play, while LLCC dropped to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in region play.
ICC took command of this contest early, taking a 9-1 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Bailey Larsen nailed a three-pointer (assist Madison Faulkner), Kellyn Maynard and Krystal Walker drove for layups in the halfcourt offense, and Jasmine Levy scored on an offensive putback. Levy scored the next four points inside thanks to Walker and Kathy Pinnock-Branford assists followed by two Sia Williams freebies to make the score 15-3 with 1:28 to play in the quarter. The Cougar defense barely let LLCC sniff any open shots, chasing the Loggers into 2-12 shooting and 9 turnovers in the opening period to take a 17-5 advantage.
The start of the second quarter had some plays that surely would have made ESPN Sportscenter’s Top 10 list. On the opening defensive possession, Emma Henderson blocked a Logger layup and outletted to Larsen at halfcourt, who threw a strike to a streaking Maynard for a layup and a foul. Maynard missed the free throw, but Henderson snagged the board to give the Cougars another possession. ICC worked the ball around with Faulkner hitting Henderson on the wing open for three to boost the lead to 22-5. The Cougars got another stop defensively, this time with Aubrey Magro getting the defensive rebound and outletting to Larsen, who found Henderson for the easy layup. A few possessions later, Maynard found Magro open for a three-pointer from the corner, which gave ICC a 27-5 advantage. Kennedy Banks added two more points on an offensive rebound, and then Pinnock-Branford got in on the action with a jumper (assist Levy) to put ICC up 31-13. ICC took momentum into the half as Henderson nailed another trey (assist Magro) making the score 44-24 at the half.
Action stalled somewhat in the third, with the Cougars outscoring the Loggers 13-10, but things picked back up in the fourth as ICC won the final period 26-18 to gain the win. Highlights included a scoop layup by Faulkner, three blocks by Abby Coates, two stop and pop jumpers from Walker, some wheeling and dealing inside by Levy, and three assists from Isreal Evans. The Cougar defense held strong, holding the Loggers to 33% shooting in the half to finish things off.
Win bench scoring: 45-20
Win bench rebounding: 21-6
Win at least 3 of 4 quarters (the Cougars won all 4)
Turnover goal met
Leading guard rebounder: Maynard (5)
Leading post rebounder: Levy (10)
Levy (15 pts, 10 reb), Walker (10 pts, 4 reb), Faulkner (8 pts, 7 reb), Magro (3 pts), Williams (5 pts), Maynard (6 pts, 5 reb), Pinnock-Branford (4 pts, 3 assts), Henderson (14 pts), Coates (8 pts, 7 reb, 3 blks), Larsen (6 pts, 4 asts), Banks (4 pts, 4 reb), Evans (3 asts).
The ladies will spend the morning of Sunday, January 21st, volunteering at the Special Olympics Area 6 basketball skills competition at Ramsey Gym. They are looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people, mesh with other athletes, and share their love for the game of basketball.