The Cottage School Cougars travelled to Holly Springs, GA to take on the Terroirs of Lyndon Academy. Lyndon competes in a separate Christian league and the two have played some very competitive games over the past three years. LA are fresh off a thirty point victory over a TCS AAC foe Mill Springs Academy, but the Cougars had a strong week and have won two in a row.
Cottage brought the same intensity they found successful recently, smothering the Terroirs top two guards all night. On offense, TCS was patient getting their entire team involved; early and often. Just like the last game at Howard the Cougars got off to a great start; up 22-6 at the end of the first quarter. Coach Briggs spoke at the break; “What Suroy and I have been looking for all season is to get these boys to trust, have confidence, and be patient. We keep moving the ball like this and the sky is the limit for our team.”
In the second period Lyndon ended on a positive note down just 37-19 at intermission. TCS still held a comfortable lead but if fans no basketball, one more momentum shift and all of sudden it could be a close game.
To start the third stanza, Cottage jumped all over the Terroirs on both ends of the floor and all but put an exclamation point on their victory. Six different Cougars scored on a 12-2 run taking a commanding 49-21 edge. By the end of the frame the Cougars matched their 22 point first period outburst and led 59-27.
After the 69-39 win Coach Briggs spoke; “What we started to do before the winter break seems to finally be back and Suroy and I are so proud. The ups and downs of a season are tough but as long as you play your best, hoping to reach full potential by season’s end. We look to be doing that!”
Friday night is Senior Night here at TCS. The matchup with the #2 seed in the AAC and last year’s champions, AASD Panthers, will be the opponent. They are seeking revenge from their shocking 19 point loss to the Cougars at home back in early December.
Aidan Briggs led the team with 18 points and several rebounds. His energy on defense and poise offensively was outstanding all night.
Alex Hogg without question had the best game of his young varsity career. He scored a career high of 13 points and had over 10 boards.
Tim Mattioli sliced and diced the lane for 11 points.
Daniel Byman, DJ Donaldson, and Kyle Kimble each played big roles on both ends of the floor. Daniel and on occasion Aidan, had the duty of guarding their best player (#10). He is capable of scoring 30 points on any night, especially if he is given free looks at the basket from beyond the arch. Though he did score 19 points, it was a quiet and he was 0 for many from downtown.