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November 21, 2005

Co-Pilots win Consolation Trophy at Lady Bobcat Tournament

By Bobby Mayberry

Co-Pilots team at Bobcat Fest
Photo: Bobby Mayberry
The Co-Pilots holding the Consolation Trophy they won at the Lady Bobcat Tournament hosted by Meridian High School last weekend. [

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 Reds 44-29.

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, 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.

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