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'Outwit, Outplay, Outlast', Morgan County girls' survive foul-plagued game with Rose Hill

March 26, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

'Outplay, Outwit, Outlast', Morgan County girls' survive foul-plagued game with Rose Hill

Two teams committed 50 fouls and shot 69 free throws as Lady Cougars snap four-game slide

By Brad Laux

Friday, Dec. 20 -- In a girls’ game that featured 50 fouls and 69 free throws, Morgan County snapped a four-game slide with an 81-53 over visiting Rose Hill Christian on Friday. Despite being without one starter and having their top two offensive players foul out, the Lady Cougars weathered the attrition behind a strong first-quarter defensive effort and then shooting 22-for-29 at the free-throw line over the final three periods en route to grabbing their fourth straight series’ win. Morgan County never trailed in the game, leading 26-7 after the opening quarter and stretching the advantage as high as 34 points in capturing its first home victory of the season. Cheyenna Ferguson was one of three Lady Cougars in double figures, finishing with 22 points (15 of which came on 3-pointers). Eighth-grader Abby Ross tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds; while Amber Cole added 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Rose Hill benefitted by helping to force 29 Lady Cougar turnovers and connecting on 25-of-38 foul shots, but came up short in the rebounding battle 28 to 54. Myriah Porter led the Lady Royals with 19 points, eight steals and six assists. Paige Brammer chipped in 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Kirsten Wehmeier paced the team with six rebounds.

Rose Hill  7  14  15  17 = 53
Morgan   26  12  20  23 = 81

To come

Pre-tournament notes: On Friday at 6 p.m., Morgan County’s girls’ will host Rose Hill Christian. The Lady Cougars (1-5) enter tonight’s contest having dropped four straight. Morgan County is 0-2 at home this winter, with its last win coming on Feb. 14 last year against Lee County 57-53. Friday’s outing is the first of three straight at home for the Lady Cougars. The Lady Royals (1-4) are playing their fourth road game of the season. Seven of Rose Hill’s first nine games will take place away from home. RHC dropped its most recent outing on Monday to Boyd County at home, but win its last road contest, a 52-50 decision at Sciotoville Community in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Lady Royals are 1-2 on the road this year. The two teams met twice last winter with the Lady Cougars capturing both games (68-53 on the road and 73-51 at home in the 16th Region All “A” Tournament). Morgan County has won the last three series meetings, including two straight at home. The Lady Royals’ most recent victory over the Lady Cougars came at home on Feb. 19, 2004 (75-49).

See videos: Morgan County coach Jeff Brown, Morgan County eighth-grade forward Abby Ross, Rose Hill Christian coach Steve Porter.

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