By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
On Saturday afternoon at the Charlie Correll Memorial gymnasium, Somerset Christian School jumped out to a big lead that Trinity Christian was never able to recover from, as the Cougars defeated the Titans in a region game by a score of 58-36.
“I was a head coach for middle school for many, many years,” stated newly hired Cougar boys basketball coach Kirk Stickley. “It’s just like stepping back into a pair of old comfortable shoes.”
In the first quarter, the Titans got their only lead of the game by hitting a three at the top of the perimeter. Tyler Burton was also able to have his way in the paint scoring eight points from in close. After that shot Somerset went on a 22-2 run making the score 22-5. The Cougars held Trinity to only eight points in the first period 24-8.
“Our first quarter was really good, probably the best we’ve started a game all season,” began Coach Stickley. “We shot the well and forced a lot of turnovers.”
In the second quarter the Cougars slowed down after some adjustment made by the Titans. Somerset continued to shoot the ball at a pretty high percentage though out the first half. Going into the break the Cougars had a nine-point lead 32-23.
“When they came back out they made some good adjustments defensively that took us awhile to adjust to,” Coach Stickley stated. “We started to work on some of our new stuff and kind of let them back into the game.”
In the third quarter the Cougars did their best to stop the Titans from clawing their way any closer into this game. Somerset extended their lead back to double digits at one point this quarter having a 15-point lead. The Cougars ended the quarter with a 12-point lead 41-29 only allowing six-points in the quarter.
“I didn’t really want this position, I came onto the staff to help Shane (Skaggs) because he was a former player of mine at Southern Middle,” Coach Stickley began. “To see him turn around and have to leave this program was not a fun thing for me.”
In the Fourth quarter the Cougars did their part in putting this game to rest coming out and with a lot of energy. Jacob Ricks was able to penetrate and get some layups for Somerset. The Cougars only gave up 13 points for the entire second half. The final score was 58-36 Trinity was never to comeback into the game despite their efforts.
With that win Somerset Christian advances to 16-5 on their season. The Cougars will be back in action on Tuesday night playing Lawrenceburg in the Cougar Den at 6:00.
“We are still trying to get some of our full court offenses but nobody ever wants to press us,” Coach Stickley stated. “We have been pretty pleased with our half court defense lately but our 1-3-1 could use some work.”
TCA: 8 15 6 7 – 36
SCS: 24 8 9 17 – 58
Trinity Christian – Lansing Williams 16, Hamrin 5, Davidson 5, Venters 5, Harrison Williams 3, Snell 2
Somerset Christian – Alexander 13, Reed 12, Ricks 12, Burton 12, Ellenberg 6, Eades 3