Cougars fall short in second round

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 29, 2016

Junior Darrell Young manages to get the ball over the much bigger defender from Humphreys County. The Cougars fell 86-67 in the second round of the playoffs after winning in the first round against Kossuth. The Panolian photo by Ike house

Freshman Mario Fenner Jr. took a jumpshot from the free throw line and scored two of his four points on the night. The Panolian photo by Ike House

North Panola head coach Chris Yancy talks to the Cougars during the second round of the north state playoffs Saturday in Belzoni at Humphreys County. Photo courtesy of Michael Cox

Cougars fall short in second round

By Ike House
Even with Demetrick Porter’s 25 points, the Cougars were still eliminated from the playoffs with a 86-67 loss.
The Cougars were faced with a tough opponent who got most of their scoring from two of their players. The Cougars had trouble inside facing a 6’8” center.
The Cougars had not been this far in the playoffs since the 2013 season.
The game was only close in the first half where the Cougars went into the second quarter 19-15.
The second quarter was higher scoring for both teams but the Cougars could not pull out the lead.
Going into the half the Cougars trailed 41-34. The third quarter was Porter’s biggest as he hit 12 points in third with all four three pointers.
But even with big quarter from Porter the rest of the Cougars only scored four points.
The Cougars went into the final quarter trailing 61-50. The final quarter brought out a big quarter from Demetrick Moore.
He came out and caught fire as he hit four three pointers as well. But his output did not affect the scoreboard.
The Cougars could not hold on in the fourth quarter as they lost 86-67.
Leading the Cougars offense was Porter with 25 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also contributing were Moore who had 12 points and Jamarcus Jones with 10, three rebounds, two assists.
Other scorers were Ankeyvias Harris with six points, one rebound; Mario Fenner with four points; Vennis Mills with two points, two assists; Darrell Young with two points, one rebound and; Kenneth Jefferson two points, two rebounds.
The Cougars finished their season 12-15 overall and will be graduating four seniors from this year’s team. 

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