12/7/2022: The Cottage School Cougars played host to the CORE Community School Cobras last night. CORE officially joined the Atlanta Athletic Conference this school year. It marked the first varsity basketball contest ever between the two schools. They did play a JV friendly last season. With CORE losing a couple of seniors from last year’s team and still learning this competitive AAC varsity league, TCS’ experience proved too strong for the young Cobras. Cottage went on to win 63-19.
CORE did make a run to end the second period. The Cougars took a comfortable 25-10 edge midway through the second stanza, but the Cobra’s positive energy and effort forced a Cottage timeout. CCS was able to come within striking distance at 28-14 at the half.
The Cougars ball movement, hot shooting, and stifling defense was too much in the second half for CORE to maintain. Cottage connected on eight three-pointers for the game, while also working the paint. This helped give TCS their highest point total of the season. It was the defense that created the opportunities. CCS muscled in just five points in the third frame and went scoreless throughout the fourth giving Cottage their sixth victory of the season, 63-19. More on this defense in the game notes below.
TCS moves to 6-3 and remains unbeaten in AAC play at 5-0. Matter of fact, Cottage has not lost an AAC contest in just over three years, going 26-0 in that span. Their next opponent will be the toughest in the conference. Tapestry Charter is also playing on the varsity level for the first time since joining the AAC. They came off confident with their first ever AAC JV title last season and are currently 4-0, easily cruising to those four wins. Thursday night (12/8) here at TCS will be the first of two regular season showdowns you don’t want to miss.
Braden Kramer led the team with 22 points. He also added 3 steals to go with his five three-pointers.
Jason Donaldson gathered another double-double. He collected 13 rebounds and scored 12 points.
Liam Walsh had a career night! Liam scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds, and stole 5 balls.
Weston Kershner had a career high of 7 assists. He added a basket, 4 steals, a blocked shot, and 3 rebounds.
Maxwell Lagan blocked another 4 shots, grabbed 6 boards, scored 4 points, while also playing point guard.
Nick Elliott scored his career high with 6 points.
Michael Coryer also had the best game of his career. He knocked down a three-pointer that forced the Cougar Center to a decibel number so high, it was surprising the Roswell police did not come to check on us. He also added an assist and a steal. His defensive effort was outstanding throughout the contest.
Jackson Barnes and Andrew Dorsey both gathered 4 steals each.
The Cottage School Cougars corralled 26 steals for the game. This ties for second all time. Last seasons’ dynamic defensive unit had 26 once, then later broke it with 32 in one game for the new school record. The previous mark was 24 steals set back in 2015.