1/24/23: The Cottage School Cougars travelled to Clarkston to take on the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Panthers in their second meeting of the AAC season. Both teams played evenly in the first period, but Cottage pounced on the Black Cats in the second frame, outscoring them 25-7 and never looked back for the 64-35 victory.
Led by Jackson Barnes, scoring nine quarter points and assisting on three others, TCS had six of their nine teammates score going ahead 37-16 by the intermission break. Coach Briggs spoke at halftime, “One of the best quarters we have played all year by far. Our defense and rebounding set the tone, but it was our unselfish and timely offensive execution that gave us that opportunity to take a commanding lead. We hope to continue this throughout the contest and final there weeks of the season.”
AASD did respond and perform better in the third frame outscoring TCS 13-9 but Cottage had one final run left in the fourth period earning the 64-35 win.
Cottage moves to 12-9 overall and 7-1 in the AAC. Senior Night is Friday as they host another AAC foe, the Mustangs of Mill Springs at 6:30 PM.
Jackson Barnes had a career best of 17 points and 16 rebounds, leading the team to a great win. Jackson also added 5 assists and 2 steals.
Braden Kramer pulled down his career high in rebounds with 11. He added 19 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots.
Andrew Dorsey again was a nemesis defensively. Dorsey rolled a three of a kind tonight with 6 steals, 6 rebounds, & 6 points.
Nick Elliott scored a career high of 6 points and snagged 6 boards.
Jason Donaldson added 6 points and hauled down 9 rebounds.
Michael Coryer scored 2 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished out an assist.
The Cougars had 57 total rebounds which is in the top seven of all time. The school record is 70 in November of 2013. They also dished out 20 assists which is just the fourth team to put 20 or more assists on record in a game. The record is 25 set on February 10 of 2010 versus ironically, AASD Panthers.