Lady Cougar players scored at least ten points in every quarter, overcoming Prospect with unified team play and the ability to spot and control the opponents' strengths, head coach Loren King said.
"They were ready to play," King
"It was the first game that we've had four solid quarters where we scored well in all four."
This time, many teammates contributed points for the Cougars.
said Laurissa Tausaga and Carly Jensen scored ten apiece and Kristen Vidales had 11 points.
"We played 14 girls and 12 of them scored," King
The consistent theme for this team all season has been setting goals: meeting one small goal, moving on to another, and eventually the pieces begin to fall into place.
According to King
, confidence is growing and the individual players are learning how to bring their skills together in a cohesive effort.
But there's still plenty of work to do for the Lady Cougars.
"We're starting to get on the same page and that's really important," King
"We have to continue to develop our basic skills and realize how to play hard for four quarters.
You can get very tired, but part of it is the mental toughness to play when you're tired and realize you can do it."
Prospect Charter is a 1A
team from Prospect, Ore., which King
says is similar to Illinois Valley in many ways.
Both teams are fairly inexperienced and both are working to gain confidence in each game they play.
"We controlled the boards last night and that was a big difference in the ball game," King
"Jessica VanWormer is a good outside shooter.
had one basket for the game."
The defense was also a primary part of the win.
said Thea Barker Cortrecht, Meghan Householder and Samantha Frederick had big games, keeping the Prospect Cougars main scorers at bay.
They're an advanced opponent who's been to the State tournament and they want to go back," King