BY SHANE HAARMEYER –
For Homecoming last Friday, February 2nd, the Cossatot River Eagles basketball team hosted the Ashdown Panthers (14-5, 10-1) on campus of Cossatot River High School, and ended up breaking the Panthers’ nine game winning streak with a 44-41 victory.
Ashdown opened up a 6-point lead early in the game and looked like they were going to cruise to a victory, but the Eagles came storming back in the 2nd quarter and took a 2-point lead into halftime 21-19
In the 2nd half, the Eagles built their own 6-point lead only to see it disappear to a 40-40 tie late in the fourth, and it looked eerily similar too the Sr. Girls contest. However, the Eagles battled and Sophomore Center Coy Frachiseur stepped up with some huge plays to end the game blocking and causing turnovers.
After a free-throw by Garrett Watkins gave the Eagles a 41-40 lead, Ashdown came down the court and Lamar Wilkerson drove the left side of the lane to give them the lead, but Coy Frachiseur came up huge by blocking the shot and taking possession and then taking the foul. Frachiseur then iced the game with 1.9 seconds left on the clock by hitting both free-throws and giving the eagles the final lead 44-41.
Ashdown tried a desperation full-court 3-point shot that came up short and the Eagles saved homecoming night with heart stopping victory
For the Panthers, Kaiden Hunter led the scoring with (11), followed by Jimmy Dunn, Lamar Wilkerson and John Smith with (6) each.
For the Eagles, Coy Frachiseur led the scoring with (15) followed by (13) by Cody Brown and (6) points a piece by Brayden Smith and Trenton Rosson.