Lady Cougars Top Cards 57-47 – Lake County Record-Bee
UPPER LAKE – Two Division 5 women’s basketball teams that are expected to meet again one day, perhaps in the North Coast Section playoffs early next year, faced off on Tuesday night in their opening game at Upper Lake.
Behind 20 points and four 3-points from junior Heaven’Lee Loans Arrow and 18 points and three 3-points from senior Zoey Petrie, the Upper Lake Cougars (1-0) took advantage of a big fourth quarter for beat the Clear Lake Cardinals 57-47. Sierra Bruch led the Cardinals (0-1) with 18 points.
“It was a battle,” said Upper Lake head coach Mike Smith. “They’re tough and they had different defensive appearances at the start. They made us work. Hats off to Phil Psalmonds for doing a great job with them, ”added Smith of the Cardinals and their head coach.
Loans Arrow and Taylar Minnis both finished with doubles-doubles for Upper Lake. Loans Arrow took 15 rebounds while Minnis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“They had very good results after the game,” Psalmonds said of Minnis. “They have a good game inside and out.”
Smith said Loans Arrow, which missed its second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has had an impact all over the field.
“She’s really matured,” Smith said of the North Central League II’s most valuable co-rookie in 2020 when she helped lead the Cougars to league titles as well as to major contests. NorCal sectional and playoff appearances. “What a difference between a freshman and a junior. “She moves so well without a ball now. She was patient and found her places.
Loans Arrow scored two three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Upper Lake pulled away. Petrie also came out on top in the final period, going 6 for 6 from the free throw line.
“She’s such a dynamo in terms of energy,” Smith said of the main guard.
Clear Lake held a 17-12 lead after a quarter, with Sydney Howe scoring nine of his 17 points during the period. The Cardinals struggled with their shots after the opening period, according to Psalmonds.
“We couldn’t touch the water if we fell from a boat,” Psalmonds said. “We missed a lot of open shots. ”
Upper Lake closed 27-25 at halftime, pushed 33-32 at the end of the third quarter and used a 24-point fourth quarter to secure the win. Loans Arrow scored eight points in the last period, including two treys.
“At halftime we talked about boxing because we weren’t doing a very good job and they (the Cardinals) had too many chances in the first half,” Smith said. “Our defense tightened in the second half.”
Upper Lake junior guard Maddy Young missed most of the first quarter with a sore ankle but entered the game late in the period.
“She really helped us,” Smith said. “She’s so tough.”
After Bruch and Howe, Clear Lake’s score fell to four points from Montana Wells and three each from Rubi Ford and Abby Mertle.
The Cougars were scheduled to play Kelseyville on Thursday in the first round of the Cougars Small Schools Tournament in Upper Lake, but the Lady Knights dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday.
“I’ll be working on it (find a replacement team) tomorrow,” Smith said.
Clear Lake returns to action Thursday against Pierce at 4:30 p.m. in the Colusa tournament.
Upper Lake won the junior varsity game 55-31, edging Clear Lake 37-18 in the second half to open a close game at halftime.
In the action of the other girls on Tuesday:
Middletown 51, Credo 19
At Rohnert Park, the Middletown Mustangs claimed their first win of the season, overtaking Credo out of the league to tie their record at 1-1.
“After a few tough clashes we were up to anything,” Middletown head coach Andy Brown said of previous losses to West County and Ukiah (although the loss to Ukiah came in the Foundation Game section. and does not count in the ranking). “We managed to move the ball well. ”
Credo scored the game’s first two points on free throws, but the Mustangs continued on an 11-0 run to end the first quarter. Skylar Williams scored five of those points and led the Mustangs with 12 points.
The Mustangs had a 26-7 halftime lead as Ella Rockwell scored 3 points in the dying seconds, one of four Middletown players in the game. If there was any doubt about the outcome of the game at this point, the Mustangs sidelined Credo with a 10-0 run to open the third quarter. They took a 40-9 lead in the final period.
Besides Williams’ team leading points total, Middletown benefited from a balanced attack with 10 points each from rookie Mia Hoogendoorn and Ella Rockwell, who sank two points to 3 points. Kamryn Atkins added eight points.
Hoogendoorn, a winger, also made seven interceptions, a good part of the Middletown team’s 18 interceptions against the Gryphon (2-2). And most of them turned into Mustang baskets.
“We did a good job taking advantage of all of these flights,” said Brown.
Atkins led the team with 11 rebounds.
Williams played well on both ends of the field, as did Atkins, according to Brown.
“She (Williams) looked great on offense and played well on defense as well,” said Brown. “Atkins was able to come in there and take care of the boards.”
Middletown won the Junior College game 61-12. The Mustangs scored the first 14 points of the game, leading 24-2 after a quarter and 37-4 at halftime. Amanda Hart and Brooklyn Wood scored 16 points each for Middletown.
The varsity Mustangs face off against Casa Grande in Petaluma on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Piner tournament.