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Couch cruises to Big Spring crown

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A buzz saw would probably have done less damage to the Eminence Lady Redwings than the destruction that the Couch Lady Indians did to the young squad Feb. 20.

With the Big Spring Conference title riding on the outcome, the Lady Indians jumped all over Eminence early and cruised to a convincing 69-47 road victory In Shannon County.

In addition to an undefeated run through the conference ranks, the win over the Lady Redwings also gave Couch, ranked second in Class 2, its 20th victory of the season and sends the Lady Indians to the upcoming District 2 Tournament as the number one seed.

The Lady Redwings (13-6), in just their third year of fielding a girls' team after a couple of decades of inactivity, although short on numbers with just seven players, with four of those freshmen, are a talented bunch and came into the meeting with Couch ranked ninth in Class 1 hoops.

But with the Big Spring Conference title on the line, Couch was all business.

After a couple of early miscues to start the contest, the Lady Indians (20-2) settled down and ripped out to a 10-0 zip lead.

The Lady Indians seemingly got their hands on every loose ball and Eminence didn't help its cause by suffering turnover after turnover early in the contest.

Jessica Jones (14 points) began the show with a layup, followed by a hoop by Cassie Roberts. After another Jones' bucket, Tara Combs (15 points) got in on the act with a jumper and Lizzie Nessling (six points) wrapped up the 10-0 burst with a baseline jumper.

Whitney Mills got warmed up and sank a couple of hoops for Couch late in the first and when the frame ended, the Lady Indians were in front 20-9. Mills paced Couch with 19 points.

Couch continued to pour it on in the opening minutes of the second period.

After Jones, Combs and Mills all hit deuces, Combs drilled a 3-ball to stake the Lady Indians to a 29-9 lead.

Eminence stitched together a 7-0 run late in the second, but that didn't keep Couch from enjoying a 37-21 cushion at intermission.

The Lady Redwings' elusive freshman do-it-all guard Kelsey Williams tossed in six of her game-high 24 points in the third, but the Lady Indians took a big 57-32 advantage into the final stanza and cruised from there, wrapping up another conference championship with a 22-point victory over Eminence.

Lorra Wicker tallied six points for Couch, while Michelle Hoover and Sadee Risner notched two points apiece. Aminta Garrison finished with one point for the Lady Indians.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Indians were handed just their second defeat of the season, and just like their loss to West Plains a couple of days previous, it was a close one.

Alison Price hit a 15-foot jumper with one second left to give the Highland Lady Rebels a 36-34 victory over Couch Feb. 16 at John A. Cooper Gymnasium in Highland.

It was the last game played in the gym where Couch Head Coach Cecil Meyer, a Highland alum, was a standout basketball player for the Rebels.

With the victory, the Class 4A Lady Rebs ran their winning streak to 16 games in a row.

Nessling led the Lady Indians with nine points, while Mills and Roberts finished with seven points each. Wicker had six, Risner added two and Jones finished with one point for Couch.

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