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1A basketball: Country Christian Cougars mop up in league

Country Christian boys

The boys team is at the top of the Casco League. After last week, the Cougars are sitting 6-0 in league and 11-5 overall.

Most recently, the Cougars beat Perrydale 49-31 on Friday, Jan. 17. Junior Luke Carter took a double-double in that game, landing 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Three days prior to that, Country Christian took a 68-13 win over Falls City/Kings Valley.

Stats: Country Christian vs. Perrydale, boys

Ben Grandle: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Luke Carter: 10 points, 12 rebounds (10 defensive), 2 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Jordan Syphard: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block

Cooper Nofziger: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Avery Nofziger: 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Alec Lambert: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

Mitchell Sandberg: 1 rebound

Country Christian girls

Country Christian’s girls team is tied with Perrydale and St. Paul for the lead in the Casco League. All three teams are 5-1 in league. However, Country Christian is 9-7 overall, with a Rating and Percentage Index (RPI) of 573.289. St. Paul is 8-7 overall, with an RPI of 572.858. Perrydale is 8-6 overall, with an RPI of 560.683.

“The kids are playing good,” Coach Russell Halverson said. “They’re starting to shoot the ball well.”

Most recently, the Cougars lost 41-33 to Perrydale. Prior to that loss, they were on a six-game winning streak. They beat Falls City 54-26 on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and they took a 55-42 win over St. Paul four days prior to that.

“St. Paul is good,” Halverson said. “I thought we put together our most complete game against them.”

Halverson said the starters are doing a great job on the court, but he also said he’s been impressed with the bench as well. “They’re doing an outstanding job.”

Halverson said both St. Paul and Perrydale are very skilled and athletic teams. At this point in the season, any of these three teams could take the league.

Stats: Country Christian vs. Falls City, girls

Miranda Halverson: 10 points, 1 assist, 3 steals

Brittnea Corless: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Audrey Barden: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Mariah Stueland: 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Stephanie Christensen: 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Courtney McGrath: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Anna Cunningham: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Ashley LaPointe: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Kennedy Nofziger: 4 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals

Jessica Mann: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steals

Taris Cunningham: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals




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