Cougars win title on last-second shot

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Athletics, Girls basketball, Student Accomplishments
Lauren Powell drives to the basket during the DMSAL championship game. Cactus Canyon won the game on a last-second shot by Maya Richardson. (Photo by Mr. Davis)

Lauren Powell drives to the basket during the DMSAL championship game. Cactus Canyon won the game, 26,24, on a last-second shot by Maya Richardson. (Photo by Mr. Davis)

By Caitlyn McNear
Cougar News Blog

     It didn’t look good with just a few seconds left in the game, but CCJH’s girls basketball scored a win in the DSMAL championship game against Combs Middle School on March 12.
     Toward the end of the game, the Cougars were ahead by one point, but Combs made two free throws with 17 second left making the outcome for the Cougars look not so great. That was until Maya Richardson made a three-point shot from the side, causing the Cougars to win the game, 26-24.
     “When I made the winning shot, it felt like the biggest rush ever, it felt so great,” said Richardson.
     Not only was Richardson excited about winning the game, but also many of the other girls on the team. They all worked hard and deserved the credit for winning the big game.
     Being apart of the team has affected all the girls apart of the team in many ways. Playing basketball can teach them important lessons.
     “Being apart of the team taught me to be a good leader,” said eighth grader Lola Knotts. “It taught me to not go into games and be cocky or over confident because you never know what the outcome of a game will be no matter how bad the team.”
     In the future, some of the girls plan to stay in basketball for Apache Junction High School. They did a great job, as said by Coach Kim Grant, and deserve to keep playing basketball for the future years.
     “I plan on trying out for basketball next year because Coach Kim said that we were the best team she has ever coached and even though we are losing some players to different schools, I still plan on being an awesome team,” said Knotts.
     Coach Grant said she was proud of how the team didn’t give up and played hard until the end.
     “We definitely didn’t play our best in that championship game, but we gutted out the win,” Grant said. “Rose Gray played incredible defense and showed so much heart. This was a great group of girls to coach and be around.”
     This was the second consecutive Desert Middle School Athletic League title for Cactus Canyon.

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