1/23/24: The Cottage School Cougars played host to the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Panthers in their first matchup of the season. TCS methodically cut through the Panther defense with precise passing. As a matter of fact, those who witnessed the game might have never seen basketball played in such a way. Cottage only dribbled seven times the entire contest, working on better execution offensively to better prepare themselves for tougher opponents. The Cougars finished with 19 assists in a 53-20 rout of AASD.
TCS set the tone from the jump cutting through the AASD defense, scoring on the weakside early and often. Cottage held a 12-4 first quarter lead and never looked back doubling the Panthers score each frame. Not being allowed to dribble really forced the team to cut and move without the ball, which then gave all eleven Cougars opportunities to touch the ball throughout the night. As a matter of fact, by the end of the contest, 9 of 11 Cougars scored because of their selfless movement. TCS went on to win 53-20 and hope this team basketball will carry over to their match-up tomorrow night at Cross Keys High School.
TCS will travel to Cross Keys High School to make up the postponed game from 1/12 on Wednesday night. Jump ball is at 6:00 PM. The first time these two met CKHS won in OT at the Cougar Center, so it seems to be a close contest.
Jackson Barnes is on a roll in the past three games. He put in 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Colin Barlow has now had back-to-back games with 10 points. He added 4 boards and 2 blocks.
Gavin Akers came back from a two-week injury to pull down 9 rebounds to go with 6 points and 4 blocked shots.