Co-Pilots win Consolation Trophy at Lady
By Bobby Mayberry
|Photo: Bobby Mayberry
The Co-Pilots holding the Consolation Trophy they won at the Lady
Bobcat Tournament hosted by Meridian High School last weekend. [ENLARGE IMAGE]
The Co-Pilots went 2-1 in three games to win the Consolation Trophy at the Lady
Bobcat Tournament hosted by Meridian High School last weekend.
They lost the opener, 55-39, to
the Cobden Lady Appleknockers, one of the top teams in southern
Illinois. The Co-Pilots defeated the Egyptian Lady Pharoahs 79-77
in a physical contest as the teams combined to shoot an amazing 89
free throws. On the final night, the Co-Pilots defeated the Shawnee Lady
Against Cobden, Michel’le Houston led all scorers with
17 points, followed by Jamia Wiggins with 7. The Lady
Appleknockers opened a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter
and never looked back. Both teams were plagued by dismal foul
shooting; Cairo going 6 of 24 and Cobden making 17 of 33. Grey
led the Lady Appleknockers with 15 points.
Against Alexander County rival, the Egyptian Lady Pharoahs,
the Co-Pilots raced to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter and held
on just enough for the two point margin of victory. Much improved
free throw shooting was the difference as Cairo made 32 out of
the 46 they attempted for a respectable 70%. Egyptian shot 56%,
making 24 of the 43 they attempted. According to www.ihsa.org, the 89 free throws ties
for fifth most ever attempted in an IHSA girls game.
Michel’le Houston and Jamia Wiggins each scored 22 points
for game high honors, followed closely by Reed with 21. Evony
Thomas scored seven, all in the first quarter. Prater and McCain
each scored 15 for the Lady Pharoahs.
The Shawnee Lady Redskins and the Co-Pilots squared off for
the Consolation Championship on Saturday Night with the Co-Pilots
winning 61-44. The Co-Pilots again started fast, finishing the
first quarter with a lead of 18-8. Houston led all scorers with
28 points, followed by Reed with 15 and Wiggins with 12 for the
Co-Pilots. The Lady Redskins were led by K. McMahan and Griggs,
each with fifteen.