Posted by Max Harden on February 1st, 2019
BIG RAPIDS — The Cougars of Crossroads Charter Academy faced off against the Sabers of Manistee Catholic Central Friday night in West Michigan D League play.
The Sabers emerged victorious with a 45-28 victory.
“We’re improving every day,” head coach Jason Kostecki said. “We’re getting better and doing good things. We miss too many layups at times, but we played hard. We’re getting there.”
The Cougars had a slow start offensively but held their own defensively in the first half. CCA went into halftime trailing 24-9. The Cougars played their best quarter of the game in the third, outscoring the Sabers 13-10 to trail 34-21 entering the fourth.
“It’s all about confidence,” Kostecki said. “Once some shots went in in the third quarter our confidence level went up as a team. That’s when we got out in transition and got some looks.”
CCA was able to attack the basket and draw fouls, resulting in trips to the free throw line for easy points. But the Sabers wouldn’t let the Cougars cut the deficit to more than 11 points in the second half.
Allie Angell led the team with 11 points and Jacy Carlson had eight and MacKenzie Cole six.
Leah Stickney led MCC with 14 points.
The Cougars (1-8, 1-6) play McBain Northern Michigan Christian at 7:30 p.m. Monday at NMC.
The biggest thing is that we’re getting better day by day,” Kostecki said. “We’re not worried about wins and losses right now. I’m proud of these girls. They’re learning a whole new system in a whole new level for a lot of these girls.