Lady Cougars Defense Steps Up for 72-43 Win Over Carl Sandburg

Women’s basketball put the pressure on Carl Sandburg College Monday to force 36 turnovers in its 72-43 win.

The Lady Cougars held CSC to 30 percent shooting to move their record to 11-1 on the season.

Kathy Pinnock-Branford set the tone defensively as she took a charge just two minutes into the game and also had a hand in getting ICC on the board as she snared an offensive rebound and scored on a put-back.

Minutes later, she got another offensive board and found an open Summer Stoewer on the right wing for a 3-pointer, and following an Emma Henderson basket, assisted by Marquitta Easley, Pinnock-Branford again hit Stoewer for a 3 to put ICC up 13-7 with 4:49 to play.

Madison Faulkner hit a jumper in the lane as ICC went up 15-7 and the teams traded baskets until the end of the quarter with ICC taking a 20-12 advantage.

Both teams went through scoring droughts in the second period, with ICC only managing an Easley free throw and Pinnock-Branford layup in the first six minutes but fortunately, the Chargers were also cold. The Lady Cougars did score nine points in the final minutes of the quarter on threes by Henderson, Rocky Stanley, and Stoewer to take a 32-20 advantage into the halftime break. 

Halftime shooting statistics were shaky for both teams with CSC going 7-23, 30 percent, while ICC was just 10-31 at 32 percent.

Someone must have taken the lid off of the baskets at halftime as both teams found ways to score early in the third. Stanley erupted for eight points over the first three minutes, and ICC also got baskets from Easley and Stoewer, assisted by Pinnock-Branford, to take a 46-29 lead. After a Moriah Ward steal, Henderson nailed a 3-pointer, assisted by Becker, to put ICC up 51-31.

The Cougars closed the quarter with a Coates’ put-back, Stanley block, and another Henderson trey, assisted by Becker, to go up 57-33 heading into the final frame.

Pinnock-Branford forced two Charger turnovers and turned them into layups to start the fourth, followed by a Ward basket, assisted by Becker, in transition, which gave ICC a 65-35 lead at the 7:32 mark. The Cougars kept that margin the rest of the way, as Henderson hit two free throws, Jordyn Hare scored on a layup, assisted by Ward, and then Ward finished another put-back for the final margin.

Individual Stats:

Becker (4 asts, 2 stls) Hare (5 pts, 2 reb) Faulkner (5 pts) Stanley (12 pts, 4 reb, 3 stls) Brown (1 reb) Overman (3 reb) Ward ( 5 stls, 5 reb, 4 pts, 3 blks) Stoewer (11 pts, 6 reb, 2 blks) Pinnock-Branford (8 pts, 6 reb, 5 asts, 5 stls) Henderson (14 pts, 4 reb) Coates (6 pts, 4 reb) Easley (7 pts, 2 reb)

Next Up:

The Cougars will return to action on Friday, Dec. 28 as they host the 38th annual Cougar Holiday Tournament at Ramsey Gym. The tourney runs from Dec. 28-30 with this schedule:

Friday, Dec. 28

12:00 Carl Sandburg vs. Parkland (game 1)

2:00   McHenry County vs. Kirkwood (game 2)

4:00   North Iowa Area vs. Bryant & Stratton (game 3)

6:00   Sauk Valley vs. ICC (game 4)

Saturday, Dec. 29

10:00 Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2 (game 5)

12:00 Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4 (game 6)

2:00   Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2 (game 7)

4:00   Winner game 3 vs. Winner game 4 (game 8)

Sunday, Dec. 30 

1:00 Loser game 5 vs. Loser game 6 (game 9, 7th place)

12:00 Winner 5 vs. Loser game 6 (game 10, 5th place)

2:00  Loser game 7 vs. Loser game 8 (game 11, 3rd place)

4:00 Winner game 7 vs. Winner game 8 (game 12, championship)