Lady Gryphons dominated by Cougars
Moutain Heritage traveled down the mountain Thursday night to Cool Spring Gymnasium with a daunting 19-1 record to take on the Thomas Jefferson Lady Gryphons. After 32 minnutes of play they climbed back onto the bus with a convincing 72-19 win.
The Cougars’ defensive pressure and rebounding quickly proved why they had only lost one game on the year.
“I just think we we’re outmanned,” TJCA head coach Greengrass said following the loss. “It’s not an excuse but when you can bring in fresh horses it wears the other team down.”
Anna Dedmon found the trusty Victoria Bennett under the basket to open the TJCA (4-12, 1-9 WHC) scoring to set the score to an early 4-2 advantage for Mountain Heritage (20-1, 10-1 WHC).
Alyssa Edwards tied the game at 5-5 with a 3-pointer from the corner but it was all Cougars after that.
Mountain Heritage used offensive rebounds and a buzzer-beating 3 to end the first quarter with an 11-5 lead.
For the first quarter and a half I really felt that we had a basketball team that came together,” Greengrass said. “They shocked me with their ball movement because I’ve been preaching it all year and they finally decided to do it.”
The Cougars dominate the rest of the half by opening on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter.
TJCA managed just three points in the quarter as Mountain Heritage closed on another 5-0 run and took a 23-8 lead into the break.
Out of the half, Mountain Heritage’s Kaylon Johnson capped an 8-2 Cougars run to extend their lead to 31-10 just under two minutes into the third quarter. They followed up with another 10-1 run over the next three minutes as the Gryphons struggled to find the bottom of the net.
The Lady Gryphons struggled against the Cougars’ press and trailed 47-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The assault continued for the Cougars as a 12-0 run propelled them to a 59-13 lead before the final quarter was halfway over.
Heritage inserted a handful of reserves but TJCA still couldn’t put meaningful points on the board.
Four free throws from Bennett highlighted the scoring for the Lady Gryphons in the final frame as the Cougars sealed their 20th win of the season with the 72-19 final.
Bennett led the Gryphons with 11 points.
“We gave the best effort we could but we came up way short,” Greengrass said. “If we had the ability to actually get the ball to fall in the basket it would help tremendously. It just seemed like the basket had a lid on it tonight.”
TJCA returns to the floor tonight against Lincoln Charter at the Spindale House.