BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Cossatot River Eagles and Lady Eagles hosted the Cossatot River Basketball Tournament on Monday January 2 through Monday, January 9 at Ed Stevenson Gymnasium at Cossatot River High School. The tournament included Cossatot River, Mt. Ida, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Umpire, Acorn, and Caddo Hills.
The Cossatot River Lady Eagles had a bye in the first round and began their bid on Thursday, January 5, taking on Mt. Ida who had squashed Mufreesboro in the first round. The Lady Eagles held the Lady Lions to zero points in the first quarter, outscoring them 20-0. In the second quarter, Mt. Ida woke up and held the Lady Eagles to only 13 points, while scoring 10 points of their own, to make the score 33-10 at halftime.
There was very little offense in the second half, as only 20 total points were scored. Cossatot outscored the Lady Lions 10-2 in the third quarter, while both teams scored 4 points a piece in the fourth, to make the score 47-16 after the final quarter of play and advancing the Lady Eagles into the Championship Round, facing the Nashville Scrapperettes on Monday, January 9th. The Scrapperettes defeated Umpire in the first round and Acorn in the second round to make their way to the final game.
Both teams played it close in the first quarter, as the Lady Eagles held Nashville to eight points and scored eleven of their own. In the second quarter, the Scrapperettes outscored Cossatot 15-11, to take a one point lead into halftime with the score 23-22.
Nashville came out playing good defense in the third quarter, holding Cossatot to only eight points to their fourteen, extending their lead to seven going into the final quarter of play. Twenty-three total free throws were shot in the fourth quarter, as fouls overruled the game, but both teams were able to put up seventeen points each. When the final buzzer rang, Nashville walked away champions of the Cossatot Tournament, as the Lady Eagles fell just short with the score 54-47, and came in as Runner-Up.
Ashlen Gonzalez led Cossatot with 15 points, as Reagan Richardson scored 10 points, Harley Dering 9 points, Jacie Wilkerson 6 points, Ryhen Martin 5 points and Megan Andrews 2 points.
The Cossatot River Eagles also had a bye in their first round and faced Caddo Hills in round two. Caddo Hills beat Mt. Ida in the first round.
After a back and forth first quarter, Cossatot ended up outscoring the Indians 15-10, to lead going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Eagles added on to their lead, outscoring Caddo Hills 16-10, to make the score 31-20 at halftime.
Caddo Hills gained a few points on the Eagles in the third quarter, outscoring Cossatot 10-8, to make the score 38-30 in favor of the Eagles going into the fourth quarter. The Indians were as close as five points to Cossatot in the fourth, but in the end fell short. As the Eagles outscored the Indians 12-10, to make the final score 50-40, Cossatot.
In the third and final round of play, the Eagles faced the Nashville Scrappers, who defeated Acorn in round two.
It was an evenly fit match in the first quarter, as the Eagles outscored Nashville 14-12 to take a small lead into the second. However, the Scrappers tightened up their defense in the second, holding Cossatot to only six points while scoring fifteen for themselves. Nashville led by seven at halftime with the score 27-20.
Nashville’s defense didn’t let up in the third quarter, holding the Eagles to just five points while scoring twelve points of their own. The Scrappers widened the scoring gap to fourteen points with the score 39-25 going into the final quarter of play. Nashville kept up their rough and tough style of play throughout the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 22-11, to make the final score 60-36, and leaving the Eagles as Runner-Up in the tournament.
Keelan Youngblood led the Eagles with 12 points, while Cody Baker added on 8 points, Marco Ramirez 5 points, Juan Trinidad 4 points, Trevon Broach and Kolt Richardson 3 points and Cody Brown 1 point.