Lady Cougars rock the Raiders
By By Matthew Nascone
On Monday, the Escambia Academy Lady Cougars took down South Montgomery County Academy, 42-38, to extend their winning streak to three games.
"That game was a squeaker," EA head coach Andy Gorum said. "We got into foul trouble early and we had some of our girls come off the bench and play really well for us."
Gorum said Kayleigh Miller came off the bench and ran the point well for the Lady Cougars.
"Her ball handling skills helped us when we got into foul trouble," Gorum said. "She didn't score a lot, but she and the others helped keep us in the game."
Leading scorers for the Lady Cougars were Jordan Jaye with 10 points, Morgan Dorriety with nine points, Kayleigh Miller with five points, Heather White with four points, Katie Smith with three points and Alaina Arnold with two points.
Lady Cougars 42 – Crenshaw 41
The Lady Cougars were without starting guards Katie Smith and Heather White Friday night against Crenshaw, but still pulled out another close victory.
Smith participated in the AISA All-Star weekend as a cheerleader and White was named the Senior Indian Princess at the annual Poarch Pow Wow on Thanksgiving day and participated in the Poarch Christmas Parade.
But Gorum said the younger members of the team stepped up big for the Lady Cougars.
Gorum said one girl in particular stood out in his mind as she had a standout night.
"Andrea Nall does a fine job for us defensively every game, but she had an offensive explosion Friday night and that was huge," Gorum said.
Nall scored the winning basket on a pass from Jordan Jaye with three seconds to go in the game and she scored 14 points to lead the way for the Lady Cougars.
Jaye also scored 14 points, Alaina Arnold scored six points, Clare Jones chipped in four points and Morgan Dorriety and Amber Huskey added two points.
Lady Cougars 47 – Cottage Hill 39
In the first game of their current three game winning streak on Nov. 30, the Lady Cougars defeated Cottage Hill 47-39. EA head coach Andy Gorum said he was pleased with how spread out the scores were.
"I like it when the points are spread out," Gorum said. "That is great because it means everyone is producing out there."
Jordan Jaye led all scorers with 19 points, Clare Jones added 11 points, Morgan Dorriety chipped in six points, Heather White added five points, Alaina Arnold added four points and Andrea Nall had two points.
Gorum said the key to the victory was the Lady Cougars' ability to keep the pressure on Cottage Hill.
"We were able to stay ahead, he said. "We had the press on early and that was not working, so we went to a zone and got the rebounds and kept them off balance."
Fort Dale 49 – Lady Cougars 37
The Lady Cougars were not able to come away with a win at home against Fort Dale Nov. 27. They lost 49-37 and EA head coach Andy Gorum said the team was outplayed.
"They had two girls in the high double digits and we just couldn't get ahead of them," Gorum said.
Clare Jones led the scoring for EA with 12 points, Jordan Jaye added 11 points, Heather White contributed eight points and Alaina Arnold, Macey Singleton and Andrea Nall scored two points each.
The Lady Cougars faced Marengo at home Tuesday night and the results will be in an upcoming Advance. The squad's next game is Dec. 11 at Southern Academy and tip off is set for 4 p.m.