Edna Karr made the trip from the Westbank to Metairie on Monday night looking to remove the sour taste from the past three days.
A double-overtime loss to rival Landry-Walker on Friday was followed by a loss to Port Allen on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Classic in Baton Rouge.
Karr got back on track, scratching out a 55-50 victory over Country Day in a battle of teams ranked in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.
“We came out with a lot of team chemistry today,” Karr guard Tyree Thompson said. “We just needed to build our team chemistry back.”
Thompson scored a team-high 12 points for the No. 4 ranked Cougars (18-7) and Raekwon Bush scored 10.
But it was Vincent Phillips who knocked down five of six free throws in the final minute that helped the Cougars hold off the No. 7 ranked Cajuns (14-8).
Karr was able to get some separation in the third quarter.
The game was tied 33-33 with five minutes left in the quarter, and the Cougars defense put on the pressure to go on a 7-0 run.
“We knew our pressure was going to give them a few problems,” Karr coach Taurus Howard said. “We talked about when we got turnovers we needed to do a good job of capitalizing. We didn’t do a great job of that and that kind of kept them in it.”
Country Day made just four field goals over the final 13 minutes of the game.
“They are terrific defensively,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “I think them and Helen Cox are the top two defensive teams in the state. They just get after you because they are so quick. ... That pressure they put on you looks good from the sidelines, but on the court it’s tough to deal with.”
Country Day still had its chances late, trailing 52-50 with 18 seconds left.
Phillips missed the second of two free throws, but teammate Darren Hulbert got the rebound.
Country Day then had a late turnover on an inbounds that pretty much doomed its chances.
Thompson did most of his damage early.
A standout pitcher on the baseball team, Thompson proved to be just as deadly behind the 3-point line as he is on the pitcher’s mound.
He knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half.
His third one gave the Cougars a 20-10 lead with 6:21 left in the second quarter.
“Tyree has been hitting timely shots for us all season,” Howard said.
But that’s when Country Day’s Romin Williams got going.
Williams made 10 straight points for the Cajuns. The 5-foot-9 sophomore made a pair of layups, then followed them up with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Country Day a 22-20 lead.
The game went back and forth the rest of the half with Karr holding a slim 27-26 lead at the break.
Williams led Country Day with 16 points.
Corchiani and J.C. Younger scored 14 points each.
Younger torched Karr for 32 points in December when the Cajuns fell to the Cougars 68-58 in the Country Day Tournament, but was scoreless in the first half Monday.
Hulbert and Diamante Woolridge scored seven points each for the Cougars, who host McDonogh 35 on Friday.
“I wouldn’t say we needed to get back on track, but uwe needed to correct what we were doing wrong,” Howard said. “We did a decent job on the boards. If we don’t do that, we’re going to be in trouble…We are trying to develop some chemistry, some consistency. We are getting there.”