Cedar Creek falls against Haynseville
Lady Cougars scratch out district win, 30-25
Photos by Darrell James
February 05, 2014
Cedar Creek Cougars’ head coach Kyle Kavanaugh has watched his class of 2014 seniors grow since they were in eighth grade.
“With the exception of (Sam) McIntire, who started playing basketball his sophomore year, I coached these guys since (Amateur Athletic Union) their eighth grade year,” Kavanaugh said.
Seniors Garland and William Pipes, Shilo Perry and Jordan Williams were the first freshmen Kavanaugh coached when he joined Cedar Creek four years ago.
Sadly, the Cougars were unable to defeat the Haynesville Golden Tornadoes for the seniors on Senior Night. They lost 50-36 Tuesday night at the Cedar Creek gym.
Williams led the Cougars with 14 points while Perry added seven.
“Basketball is a very simple game,” Kavanaugh said. “You
make shots, you win. You don’t make shots usually you get beat. It was a tale for us tonight.”
Last time out against the Golden Tornadoes, Cedar Creek struggled to develop and inside game due to Haynesville inside defensive presence.
Kavanaugh’s game plan was to make shots from the inside first and then work their way up inside the paint.
However, in the first half alone, Perry and Williams wanted to be the stars of the night, but the ball just did not seem to find the hoop for them. As a team, the Cougars went zero for nine behind the 3-point arc.
Even though they struggled early, a late second half push by Williams decreased the Haynesville lead.
He led the team with 14 points
“I think by taking those few shots, (Haynesville) had to worry a little bit about our shots more,” Kavanaugh said. “Once they did, we were able to pass the ball to (McIntire) and (junior Adam Crawford) for some open looks.”
Defensively, the scoreboard told a different story. Kavanaugh stuck to their zone defense game plan by pushing McIntire forward to defend the arc.
They created a few turnovers and caused empty possessions for the Golden Tornadoes.
“We wanted to come out and put pressure on their guards,” Kavanaugh said. “They did a really good job rotating the ball well.”
Late in the season, the Cougars are still keeping their playoff hopes alive, but they are taking it day by day.
The Cougars will be playing Louisiana New Tech after the girls’ game on Friday night at Cedar Creek.
Cedar Creek currently is 46 in the LHSAA power rankings, and the top 32 get into the state playoffs.
Kavanaugh said his team will take it game by game and try to finish strong, but are still hopeful for the playoffs.
Head coach Katie Eagles and her Cedar Creek Cougars are as close to solidifying a playoff berth as you can get.
The top 32 in 1A girls basketball power ranking fill up the playoff spots. They are number 33.
The Cougars improved their odds last night by defeating district rivals Haynesville Golden Tornadoes in a nail bitter, 30-25, for Senior Night.
“(Our girls) executed our game plan well,” Eagles said. “We struggled to make our shots and it made it a closer game than what we wanted it to be.”
It was sloppy basketball in the first half. Collectively, both teams turned over the ball 31 times.
Cedar Creek turned it over 11 times while the Golden Tornadoes fumbled it 20 times.
Also, Cedar senior center Katie Howard ran into foul trouble early.
The Cougars, who lost a key junior forward in Rachel Pardue due to a high ankle sprain injury, do not have a lot of depth at the forward/ center positions.
Eagles decided to dig deep in her bench and put freshman power forward Mary Terral in the game.
“Unusual circumstances, if you get two fouls early on, you are going to sit the remainder of the half,” Eagles said. “Mary (Terral) comes in and does a phenomenal job when we need her.”
Unfortunately for Eagles, the injury bug struck again. Midway through the third quarter, Terral went to finish a fastbreak layup when a Haynesville player came from behind and knocked her to the floor.
She appeared to be holding her knee. Eagles said they will keep her resting for the next few days and will evaluate her condition.
With the Cougars up 29-25 and 1:54 left in the game, Eagles called a timeout, and to add to the excitement of Senior Night, senior guard Caley Pyles sealed the deal by scoring the final point of the game on a free throw.