Lady Cougars stay flawless after win

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Escambia Academy’s girls’ basketball team remains undefeated after the Lady Cougars outrebounded East Memorial Christian Academy last week in a 40-19 victory.

EA’s Cassidy Murphy and Carson Barnett led the team in rebounds.

“Carson did an outstanding job of blocked shots,” EA coach Cale Thompson said. “She had four or five blocked shots the other night.”

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In the win, Kaile Gumapac scored eight points. Bailey Lancaster, Mikayla Spruill and Murphy also had good nights on the offensive end.

At the end of the first half, the Lady Cougars trailed 18-12, but stepped it up on defense to outscore EMCA 28-1 in the second half.

“We made a slight adjustment on defense, but at the same time we played with a lot more energy in the second half,” Thompson said. “In the first half, we were stagnant.”

As of today, the Lady Cougars are 8-0 on the season.

In boys’ action, the Cougars beat Hooper Academy 65-56, and lost to EMCA 76-54, last week.

At present, the Cougars (5-3) are without three of their starters in Tre Turner, H.T. Fountain and Trae Lee.

EA coach Hugh Fountain said he hopes to have each one of them back after Christmas.

During the win over HA, Turner tallied a double double 27 points and 10 rebounds; Fred Flavors had 11 points and 10 rebounds; Gary Campbell had 12 points; and Blake Allen chipped in nine.

“That was a big win for us because they beat us earlier in the season by five points,” Fountain said.

Before their run in with EMCA, the Cougars were in the midst of a three-game winning streak.

Allen had 11 points; Campbell had 11 points; and Flavors had seven points in the loss to the Prattville school.

On Dec. 5, the Cougars beat Russell Christian Academy 79-70.

EA will be back in action tomorrow night at home against Central Christian Academy. Junior varsity boys start at 5 p.m.

Then on Friday, the Cougars visit East Hill Christian Academy before the Christmas break.