It has been a great season for the Patrick County High School Lady Cougar junior varsity basketball team—the team beat Tunstall Thursday night for an 11-game winning streak. However, the team’s game at home Friday against George Washington of Danville saw the streak come to an end. The JV Lady Cougars are now 12-2.
Thursday night the JVs defeated Tunstall 75-8. Alexus Cain and Lindsey Marshall led Lady Cougar scoring with 12 points each. Cain had 10 rebounds and Marshall had five steals. Riya Patel, Savannah Roberts and Laken Rorrer each scored eight points. Roberts had eight steals.
“Another solid effort from our kids with a great defensive effort. Everything with us starts with defensive effort, then we push the ball up the floor and look for each other,” said Coach Donnie Rakes.
In Friday’s game against GW, the Lady Cougars got down early and tried to fight back, but it just wasn’t enough. The Lady Eagles scored 19 points in the first quarter to PC’s seven. Patrick County’s defense kicked in in the second quarter, holding the Lady Eagles to just four points.
Both teams played evenly in the second half, but the big first quarter by GW allowed them to keep the lead and pick up the win, 48-39.
“All of the little things that go right during an 11-game winning streak are a blessing. I just wish all of the little things that can go wrong didn’t all happen in the same game,” said Rakes “We were shooting almost 65% from the foul line during the season, then we go 4-20. We had our opportunities, but a lot of shots just didn’t go. It happens,” he lamented.
“We will hopefully learn from this and come back strong,” he said. “I have a great bunch of kids—we will be all right. Hats off to GW; the only loss they have had was to us. I knew they would be ready,” Rakes said.