CHESTERTOWN - Despite having three players sidelined due to injuries or sickness, the North Warren Girls Basketball team defeated a scrappy, aggressive Wells team Nov. 24 by a score of 44-39.
Wells dominated the first half with fast passing and sharp playmaking, but North Warren fought back in this season-opening game.
Two sophomore Cougars, Cassie Mayday and Kiera Warner, each scored 12 points in this non-league matchup, coach P. J. Hogan said. The game was Mayday's Varsity debut.
"I was pleasantly surprised," Hogan said. "'Get it and go' is their style - they pushed the ball well up the court."
Playing on both sides of the ball, Kat Andonucci contributed six points and four blocks for North Warren, Hogan said, offering compliments also for senior Kelsey Hamblin. "We started crashing the boards, and got some fast break layups going," he said Junior Lindsey Meade scored 8 points in the game.
Wells players fought throughout the matchup. Down by 7 points in the fourth quarter, they rallied to take a one-point lead with only several minutes left in the game.
Andonucci grabbed a critical rebound, and put up a basket to seal the victory.
Hogan said although he was pleased about the win, the team has a lot of challenges ahead.
"We've got some learning curves to get through," he said. "But I like how the girls played hard all the way through, and overcame the lack of three sidelined players."
The Cougars' next game is scheduled for Tuesday Dec. 8 at home against Corinth.