Dogettes take Bi-District Trophy
In the words of Cooper Dogette Head Basketball Coach Nicole Anderson, “a win is a win, is a win” despite how rough it was. A foul ridden ball game Monday proved to be to the Dogettes advantage as they sank 14 of their 25 from the line. Cooper claimed their 38-29 victory over Daingerfield to carry away the Bi-District trophy Monday night in Prairiland.
Tentatively Cooper will play in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. against winner of Alba-Golden/Farmersville game for the Area round of the basketball playoffs.
Following the lead of Dogette starters Danielle Hollins, Sydnye Worden, McKayla Harmon, Monica Stevenson and Taylor Anderson, the opponent wasn’t able to score until almost four minutes had ticked off the first quarter clock. With every point made the large crowd of Cooper fans exclaimed. Cooper took an early lead 8-4 over the Daingerfield Lady Tigers behind lead scoring duo of Harmon and Stevenson.
By halftime Daingerfield had cut the score back to a three point difference with Cooper’s 15-12 advantage. However the second half with the trophy on the line it became a heated game. The Dogettes rallied in the third quarter to take a 29-17 lead with Harmon popping in four baskets.
Then the technical fouling came into play on both sides of the ball. Each foul point became more and more critical. With just over four minutes remaining Cooper only had a four point lead. Dogette Danielle Hollins lined up her foul shots and sank three of four. This sealed the 38-29 win for Cooper.
“We will take it – ugly – whatever, but we will take a good win. It was a physical game for sure,” said Coach Nicole Anderson. “I think for the most part with all the physical play we were able to keep our composure. Overall I think we did a good job.”
The Dogettes took on the De Kalb Lady Bears last Friday determining second in the district. They easily routed De Kalb in a 41-28 finish with combination shooting from Stevenson and Worden of 13 points apiece.
SCORING BOX (Girls Bi-District Playoff Game)
Cooper: 8 7 14 9 -38
Daingerfield: 4 8 5 12 -29
Cooper : McKayla Harmon-15, Danielle Hollins-7, Sydnye Worden-4, Mariah Seely-4, Monica Stevenson 4, Bailey Thorton 2, Rhalie Weathers 2
Daingerfield: MeMe Black-16, Kiana Hanson-4, NeKoda Coleman-4, Jamia Edwards 2, JeHia Bradley 3
Cooper rebounds: M. Stevenson-6 M. Harmon-6
SCORING BOX (Girls Tie Breaker Game – for second place)
Cooper: 9 10 7 15 -41
De Kalb: 9 6 5 8 -28
Cooper top scorers: M. Stevenson-13, S. Worden-13, M. Harmon-6
Steals: M. Stevenson-6
Cooper rebounds: M. Stevenson-6, T. Anderson-5, M. Harmon-5
De Kalb Top Scorers: Gray-13, Baxley-8, Brown-5
De Kalb Three Pointers:Baxley-1
Cooper Dogettes handled the Chisum Lady Mustangs 67-43 on Senior Night at Cooper High School. Drawing the top scoring honors was McKayla Harmon with 14, Danielle Hollins, Monica Stevenson and Sydnye Worden each knocking in a dozen points apiece.
Nabbing the majority of the rebounds for Cooper was duo of Harmon and Stevenson. Dogettes started out strong against the neighboring Chisum squad, holding them to single figure scoring in the second half of hoop action. Cooper contenders were nearly perfect from the foul line hitting 16 of their shots.
Prior to the game each senior player was announced and presented roses and frames action photos. The team also presented their Head Coach Nicole Anderson with a token of appreciation on her first season with the team.
SCORING BOX (Girls – Senior Night)
Cooper 21 17 16 13 -67
Chisum 13 14 7 9 -43
Cooper: D. Hollins 12, J. McGraw 1, S. Worden 12, M. Harmon 14, M. Stevenson 12, Weathers 10, T. Anderson 4
Chisum: Hobbs 1, S. Harris 4, D. Harris 4, H. Puckett 10, K. Mitchell 5, K. Keeley 19
Three pointers (Cooper): Hollins (2), Worden (1)