Homecoming is always an exciting time in high school athletics. During basketball season it usually happens in the midst of district play and features good match ups. The Cougars hosted the Hardin Valley Academy Hawks and Lady Hawks on January 21st and the games certainly lived up to the moniker of exciting. Both varsity contests led to games that were tied at the end of regulation.
Kristen Chapman makes a break down the floor on her way to scoring 14 points in an overtime win against the Lady hawks of Hardin Valley.
The Lady Cougars started put slow in the evening’s first varsity contest of the evening. Things did not look good for the Lady Cougars earlier in the evening. Cool shooting from the field had the Lady Hawks in a good position at halftime. Apparently something Coach Ryan Browning said at halftime lit a fire under his team. Kristen Chapman came out strong in the second half and scored all 14 of the points she had in the game. The Lady Cougars were able to rally and erase an 11-point halftime deficit and hold the Lady Hawks shooters in check. When the buzzer sounded to end the final quarter of regulation the teams stood tied. The Lady Cougars continued their domination in the overtime period to come away with a 40-37 win.
Chapman led all Lady Cougar scorers with her 14 second half points. Courtney Morris put 7 points of her own on the scoreboard, including a late game basket from beyond the three-point arc. Shayla Goins had six points. Both Courtney Miller and Hannah Owens added 4. Amber Young rounded out the scoring with 3 points.
At halftime of the girls contest school history was made with the first ever tie for the school’s coveted Mr. Spirit Award. T.J. Nelson and Garrett Reese split the 20011 honors to a rousing ovation from the Cougar Crazies and the other fans in attendance.
Lucas Nelson drives to the goal.
The Cougars seemed to have a tough act to follow after the second half heroics of their female counterparts. They did not disappoint the crowd, as the game was close throughout the contest. Though the Cougars trailed at the half they kept the game very tight. By the end of the regulation the fans were on fire with excitement, the score was tied. The overtime period was as close as regulation and would have gone into a second overtime period were it not for the highflying heroics of Nick Litton. In addition to his team leading 25 points he blocked a late shot by the Hawks to put the final nail in their coffin. Litton and teammate Lucas Nelson had all of the points for the Cougars in the overtime frame.
Litton led all scorers with his 25 points. Nelson had 18 points in the game. Other Cougars with points were Ethan Simpson and Dylan Stanfield each contributed 8 points, Corey Poteet had 6, Jordan Kindred 4, and Gunner St. John and Brandon Lee each had 3.
After the game Haley Williams crowned Kira Dash the 2011 Basketball Homecoming queen. Her court consisted of Mishonda Monday, Felicia Massengill, Courtney Miller and Savannah Ward.
CCHS 2011 Basketball Homecoming Queen Kira Dash, escorted by Aaron Brown.
2011 Senior Basketball Homecoming Princess Savannah Ward, escorted by Sam Arnold.
2011 Junior Basketball Homecoming Princess Courtney Miller, escorted by Tyler Chapman.
2011 Sophomore Homecoming Princess Felicia Massengill, escorted by Jordan Kindred.
2011 Freshman Basketball Homecoming Princess Mishonda Monday, escorted by Jeffery Herrell. All Homecoming Court pictures by Kaela Peel.