Country Christian's boys and girls basketball teams both proving to be unstoppable.

Girls beat Jewell 50-14, reschedule tie-breaking Perrydale match due to snow storm

by: CORY MIMMS - Ashley LaPointe, number 24, passes to Courtney McGrath.Country Christian’s girls basketball team played one game last week, showing their prowess on the court by beating Jewell 50-14. The game started slow, but the Cougars built a five-point lead in the first quarter.

Country Christian came out in the second quarter controlling the game, but having difficulty getting their shots to drop. Two minutes into the second Ashley LaPointe hit a two pointer and the Cougars were on a roll again.

Midway through the second quarter, Kennedy Nofziger landed two three-point baskets. Then Miranda Halverson put four points on the board, with two back-to-back layups. As the half wound down, the Cougars sat on a 27-5 lead, and the Blue Jays’ chances of making a comeback were slim.

The third quarter was slow going, much like the first quarter, but the Cougars finished strong in the fourth.

Coach Russell Halverson said the team is fighting injuries and illness, but they’re still managing to take wins.

Tie-breaker game rescheduled due to snow

Country Christian was supposed to play Perrydale on Friday night. That game was cancelled due to weather and was rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13. As both the Pirates and the Cougars were 10-1 in league, that game would have been the tie breaker for the number-one spot in the Casco League. However, now both the Pirates and the Cougars play two more games before playing each other on Thursday.

As of Monday, Feb. 10, Perrydale was the only team in the Casco League to beat the Cougars. Country Christian lost to the Pirates 41-33 on Jan. 17.

Perrydale’s only league loss was to St. Paul in December. If both teams take wins on Monday and Tuesday night, then both would enter Thursday’s game 12-1 in league to fight for the top spot.

Boys win 11th consecutive game, beating ‘scrappy’ Jewell 60-45, and look toward districts

Country Christian’s boys continued their winning streak last week, beating Jewell 60-45. It was a high-scoring game for Jordan Syphard, who collected 20 points.

“We went to the half-court press, and [Syphard] thrived in that environment,” Coach Doug Nofziger said. “He was out in front of the break, and being as athletic as he is, he was able to finish strong.”

The rest of the team had a well-rounded game as well, and it’s that balance that’s kept them at the top of the Casco League.

“[Balance has] been our story this year,” Nofziger said, adding that Ben Grandle “has been the average leading scorer,” but Cooper Nofziger, Jordan Syphard, Luke carter, and Avery Nofziger “have been right there at the top as well. That’s what makes our team what it is … [Other teams] can throw a defender at one player, but that means our other players are going to get good looks.”

“Jewell was a very scrappy team,” Coach Nofziger said. “Ryan Harhart was a handful in the first quarter.”

The Cougars tried to keep track of Harhart, Coach Nofziger said, but they had difficulty early on. Jewell got up in the first quarter 22-17. “It was probably the first first quarter we’ve lost … but as the game wore on [Harhart] got a little tired.”

The Cougars came back in the second and cut the Blue Jays offense up. Country Christian put another 17 points on the board, while Jewell only secured seven.

Going into the half the Cougars led 34-29, and they continued to keep the Blue Jays from taking back the lead in the third. The Cougars nabbed 15 points in the time Jewell got four. However, in the fourth quarter, Jewell cleaned up and took another 12 points for the Cougars’ 11.

The Cougars have now won 11 games in a row, are yet to lose in league play, and are ranked sixth. They play their final league games this week, but the goal is districts, Coach Nofizger said.

While the Cougars are definitely strong enough to take the title, Coach Nofziger is playing his cards close.

“All it takes is one off game, and for another team to be hot,” he said. “Teams you’ve beat in league before come in hungry, and if they’re hungrier than you for the win, then they’ll take it.”

This week, the team focuses on winning their final league matches, and then Nofziger may look for a non-league match to get the Cougars into to keep them sharp before districts.

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