After the Cougars handle St. Stephens Academy, they follow up victories over McKenzie and Alsea

ARCHIVE PHOTO - Molalla Pioneer logoAfter capping off the 2018 calendar year with a pair of losses to top 5 teams South Wasco County (11-1) and Joseph (11-2), Country Christian rebounded in a big way with a trio of solid victories.

The first victory of the New Year was against St. Stephens Academy (3-7) on Thursday, Jan. 3, where the Cougars dominated with a 54-41 victory. Shortly thereafter, the Cougars defeated McKenzie (3-10) in even more impressive fashion 67-32 on Saturday, Jan. 5. Rounding out the trio of victories, Country Christian picked up a 13-point victory over Alsea (7-7) on Monday, Jan. 7 by a 56-43 margin.

The trio of victories moves Country Christian's overall record to 11-3, which includes a 5-0 standing in The Valley 10 League (V10L). Country is sits at the top of the league, and seventh in the 1A classification.

Against McKenzie, the heavy lifting on the scoreboard was done by freshman Lizzy Grandle with 22 points and 4 assists. Close behind her was senior Sarah Phillips with 16 points and 2 assists. Phillips was also a force on the boards collecting 13 total rebounds, as well as 7 steals. The other scorer for the Cougars to reach double digits was freshman McKenzie Syphard with 11, going 5-of-9 from the field.

In the endowment contest against Alsea, Country Christian's strong performance was against highlighted by those same three scorers. Phillips and Syphard recorded double-doubles, with the senior scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds, and the freshman racking up 13 points and 12 rebounds. Grandle nearly had a double-double as well, recording 14 points and 8 rebounds, along with a team high 7 assists. Grandle also led the team with 3 steals.

The damage against Alsea was done entirely from within the arc or at the charity stripe. The team went 0-5 at 3-pointer range in that contest. Against McKenzie they fared slightly better, shooting 5-of-10, with Grandle shooting 4-of-4, and Phillips going 1-of-1.

Country Christian continued its winning ways by overwhelming Grand View Christian Academy (0-4 in V10L, 0-6 overall) 64-17 on Friday, Jan. 11.

It was a blowout from the start as the Cougars outscored the Eagles 19-2 in the first quarters, and limited the Eagles to just 8 points in the first half. Defensively, the home team managed 12 steals, and 51 rebounds.

On offense, sophomore Allison Burruel led the way with 16 points, going 7-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Collectively, the team shot 42 percent, and 60 percent from 3-pointer range, but just 46 percent from the free throw line.

Country Christian's (6-0 in V10L, 12-3 overall) next task was against the streaking Damascus Christian (4-1 in V10L, 12-1 overall) squad on Tuesday, Jan. 15. After dropping the league opener to the Cougars back on Dec. 4, the Eagles have put together a nine game win streak, and continued that run with a win in the rematch 38-34.

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