At the end of the first quarter, things weren’t looking good for the Edna Karr Cougars. By the end of the game, it was a whole different story.
Mark Bowie scored 15 points, Reynaud Shields and Myron Green added in 13 and 10 points, respectively, and the Cougars defeated the De La Salle Cavaliers 57-44.
Things didn’t get started the way Karr wanted, as the Cavs shot and defended well in building a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.
Things got rolling from there as they trailed by just two at halftime and led by 10 going into the fourth before achieving the double-digit win.
“We didn’t start off with our game plan,” Karr coach Taurus Howard said. “We wanted to go inside because we knew we had an advantage inside on (De La Salle). We shot some ill-advised 3s early when we wanted to play inside out. After the first quarter the guys settled down and realized they had an advantage inside and we made a few buckets. We made a few shots from outside too but that helped loosen them up and take advantage of things inside.”
The game snapped a seven-game winning streak for De La Salle dating to Jan. 19 with a 48-46 win over Lusher. After getting off to a 16-point first quarter, the Cavs managed just nine points in the second quarter while their defense surrendered 15 points and continued to give up points the rest of the game leading to the loss.
Though disappointed with the loss, coach Paul Kelly felt that his team has made strides since the Cavaliers previous matchup against the Cougars, a 53-36 loss on Dec. 22.
“Karr’s a very difficult matchup for us,” De La Salle coach Paul Kelly said. “We’ve significantly improved since the last time we played them in the Country Day tournament. I think we were down 10 or 12 at halftime in that game. This game we were up two at the half but the disappointing thing is we could’ve been up more significantly.
“We hung around in the second half; we just couldn’t make enough plays. Their size is a real problem for us. Hats off to Karr, they’re a very good, well-coached team and it’s a very difficult matchup with their size and their length.
"Against a team like that we really have to shoot the ball well to be successful and we didn’t shoot it well enough tonight.”
After getting out to the 16-8 first quarter lead, De La Salle’s defense started to falter as Karr’s inside scoring presence picked up as the Cougars trailed just 25-23 at halftime.
De La Salle continued to fight for their part as they still led much of the third quarter before De La Salle went on an 11-0 run to close the period, taking a 10-point lead which they eventually extended to 13.
Noble Scott and Jalen Henry led De La Salle with 12 and 11 points.