Defense & Rebounding Push Cougars into Semis; ICC 67, Lewis & Clark 47

A combined effort of a smothering defense and a dominant performance on the glass pushed the ICC women’s basketball team to a 67-47 win over Lewis & Clark in the Region 24 quarter-finals on Friday in Springfield. The Cougars held L&C to a paltry 19.7% shooting from the field (13-66) while holding a commanding 62-38 rebounding edge to get the victory.

The Cougar offense was a little slow getting out of the gates, as they did not net their first field goal until a Krystal Walker layup at the 3:55 mark. But thanks to their solid defense, they only trailed 7-3, and after two Abby Coates’ baskets (assists Aubrey Magro & Sia Williams) and freebies by Williams, ICC held a 10-7 first quarter lead.

The Cougars opened an 18-10 edge behind three baskets by Madison Faulkner and one by Coates. Their surge continued, aided by two Jasmine Levy blocks and one by Coates, leading to a Faulkner jumper (assist Kellyn Maynard) that put ICC up 29-16 with just over two minutes to play. The Trailblazers ramped up their defense and created some Cougar miscues, and closed the half on a 12-2 run to draw back to within 31-28 at the break.

ICC started the half on a 14-4 run to get some breathing room at 45-32 as Levy hit for three scores (assists Larsen, Maynard, Kathy Pinnock-Branford), Pinnock-Branford then nailed a jumper (assist Maynard), and Maynard got a run-out (assist Coates). Coates also swatted two Trailblazer shots, and Walker scored on a baseline drive to help the Cougar cause and the ICC lead stood at 47-36 heading into the final stanza.

L&C opened the quarter on a 4-0 run to draw to within 47-40, but a Faulkner jumper (assist Larsen) started a 15-3 run over the next six minutes that put the game away as the depth of the Cougars began to wear on Lewis & Clark.  Pinnock-Branford scored two layups in the midst of Trailblazer trees (including their 6’4 center), Coates swatted another shot, and Levy added a put-back that was all instrumental. ICC closed out with free throws by Maynard, Walker, and Faulkner and Williams hit a layup for the final margin.

Game goals met:

Individual stats:

Faulkner (16 pts, 4 reb), Coates (11 pts, 5 reb, 4 blks), Pinnock-Branford (10 pts, 6 reb, 2 st), Levy (12 reb, 8 pts, 6 blks), Maynard (8 reb, 7 reb, 6 asts), Walker (6 pts, 4 reb), Williams (5 reb, 4 pts), Larsen (4 asts, 3 pts), (Banks 4 reb, 2 pts)

Other scores from the day:

Parkland 78, Danville Area 41
John Wood 67, Lincoln Land 45
Lake Land 68, Lincoln 60