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The Eagles take First Place in their own Tournament

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:54 pm

The Cossatot River Lady Eagles battled back from an early deficit to thwart the Acorn Lady Tigers in the final of the Cossatot River Senior Tournament.

The Tigers struck first with a three pointer from junior Makayla Anderson, jumping out to an early lead. The first quarter was all about the Tigers offense, outscoring the Eagles 16-1. Cossatot appeared to struggle with the rapid pace of game play imposed by Acorn. Eight of the Tigers 16 points in the first quarter came from their senior center Tori Barrett, as she made all three of her field goal attempts and both of her free-throws. 

Senior shooting guard, Jacie Wilkerson drained a long three-pointer to kick-off the second quarter and end the almost seven minute scoring drought for Cossatot. Halfway through the second the Eagles had begun to claw their way back into the ball game cutting the lead to 10.

A surge of scoring from guards Raegan and Jade Richardson cut the Tigers lead to five with less than two minutes remaining in the half. As the final seconds of the first half ticked down Acorn Tigers Coach Mike Jackson was animated and less than thrilled with his team, as their lead dwindled to six.

Cossatot came out fired up in the third quarter, jumping right into a pressure defense, while Acorn continued their 1-3-1 zone. A jump shot in the lane from Richardson (No. 30) and another long three-pointer from junior Jade Richardson cut the lead to one. While it was Ashlen Gonzalez whose score finally tied the game for the Eagles for the first time.

The fourth quarter may as well have been a different basketball game as both teams played with an intensity unseen in the first half. Richardson (No. 22) stepped up and knocked down another three, from well beyond the arch putting Cossatot back on top 37-36, less than two minutes into the quarter. 

Halfway through the final quarter Richardson (No. 22) drained another three-pointer. She then proceeded pick the pocket of Acorn's point guard and run out on a fast break, only to get fouled on her way to the rim.  With a minute and a half left in the game Barrett fouled out, leaving a gap both on defense and offense for the Tigers.

With 50 seconds left to play, Anderson of the Tigers answered back with a three-pointer of her own, which tied the game at 44. With only 19 seconds left on the game clock, the Eagle's Richardson (No. 30), received an in-bound pass and with a quick drive to the lane and pull up jump-shot took the lead back for the last time.

With what appeared at the beginning to be a run away win for the Tigers turned out to be a thrilling basketball game filled with countless ties and lead changes and a 46-44 victory for the Eagles and first place in their tournament.

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