Central shows balance in girls hoops win over Cougars

With how competitive the Moose Jaw high school girls basketball league has been at points this season, there’s been little opportunity to for teams to work on plans and strategies in a game situation.
So when the Central Cyclones managed to put together a 41-14 lead at halftime against the Caronport Cougars at Central on Tuesday, it offered a rare opportunity for both teams to go a bit deeper into their bench and work on different skills against a full-speed opponent.
The end result was a 76-31 win for Central, but more importantly a chance for the Cyclones to spread out the court time.
“The last time we played them they actually played us pretty tough for the first half so it was nice to get that lead,” said Central coach Jocelyn Wigmore. “And we were missing our starting post Rae Whitehead, so it was nice to see the other girls step up. There were a lot of points from different kids which you always want to see.”
Ashlyn Jesse led the Cyclones with 19 points while Marlee Barber scored 16 to go along with eight-point outings from Katie Coulson, Erika Thomson and Kada Klein.
“I thought Marlee Barber had a fantastic game tonight, she’s struggling trying to get some points on the board, so it was nice to see her rewarded,” Wigmore said. “And our Grade 10s Katie and Kirstie (Johnstone) played really well, they got a lot of minutes and it was nice to see them all playing together and seeing the floor well and moving the ball. It was just a good team effort.”

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