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Indians blast visiting Lions

Friday, March 4, 2011

Unless he would have helped pop popcorn during the half, or possibly swept up the floor after the game, it's hard to imagine Couch junior swingman Jesse Janes doing any more than what he did in his team's huge home win over Bakersfield Feb. 22.

Janes swatted shots. He dished out assists. He grabbed a couple of handfuls of rebounds. He hit a 3-pointer. He went eight-for-nine from the charity stripe. And he also poured in a game-high 23 points, outscoring the visiting Lions' entire output in the game, as the Indians rolled to a 74-22 dismantling of Bakersfield on Senior Night.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Indians, ranked third in Class 2 hoops, blitzed past the Lady Lions 88-56.

In the boys' contest, Couch sprinted out to an early lead and never trailed in the game.

Colton Hicks (six points), Josh Brame (eight points) and Dusty Chester (12 points) all hit buckets early in the first, staking Couch to a 6-zip lead.

Bakersfield pulled within three, 7-4, before Jason Sorrell (four points) and Janes tossed in back-to-back hoops, giving the Indians an 11-6 advantage after one.

The Indians really opened up some breathing room in the second.

Chester jacked a trey to start a 14-0 burst for Couch, extending the Indians' cushion to 27-8. Janes took over the last bit of the half, dropping in 10 points in the frame.

Quaid Turner (seven points) also got in on the fun by busting a pair of triples late, sending the teams to intermission with Couch comfortably in front 39-14.

Bakersfield just had no answer for the Indians on this night, especially for Janes, who opened the third with Couch's first five points of the second half.

Cody Lee helped make sure the Indians finished strong by scoring 10 of his 12 points for the game in the second half of play, as Couch cruised to a 74-22 victory.

Dakota Dunnihoo paced the Lions with 12 points.

The girls' clash was like a high-octane track meet, right from the get-go.

Thanks to a 7-0 spurt midway into the first period, the Lady Indians established their first double-digit lead of the game, at 14-4.

Lizzie Nessling (21 points) started the burst with an old-fashioned 3-point play, followed by buckets by Cassie Roberts (17 points) and Alex Hower (18 points).

Roberts and Sarah Neptune (17 points) racked up a pair of steals and turned them into layups late in the first, capping Couch's 26-15 lead at the end of one.

Oxygen masks would have been appropriate in the second period as both teams kept the transition game at the blazing-fast level.

Bakersfield edged within seven points, down 39-32, using a 9-0 run to close ground on the Lady Indians.

But Couch wasn't about to let the Lady Lions get any closer and when the halftime buzzer sounded, the Lady Indians held a 48-39 lead.

The frantic pace slowed a bit in the third, but Couch still managed to build on its cushion, taking a 69-47 advantage after three.

The Lady Indians finished Bakersfield off by outscoring the Lady Lions 19-9 in the last eight minutes of play.

Crystal Britt ended the game with six points for Couch. Jordon Hale, Callee Risner, Taylor Beal and Kattie Stensloff all posted two points apiece for the Lady Indians.

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