Climax Springs found itself right in the middle of a fight on Saturday.
The Cougars welcomed Calvary Lutheran for Homecoming and one tough stretch made all the difference as the visitors captured a 58-33 win.
The Cougars and Lions combined for four ties and three lead changes through the beginning of the second quarter until a 19-0 Lion run created a deficit to steep for the Cougars to overcome.
“We played really well the first quarter and took care of what we were supposed to. In the second quarter, they got rolling and we did not get very many stops,” Climax Springs coach Kristi Saultz said. “We stopped doing the little things like getting where we are supposed to be defensively and boxing out. Those are huge and not boxing out was the kicker for us.”
Although with just seven players on the roster, fatigue may have set in a little as well.
“I think we just get tired. I think we are in decent shape, but with them trying to do everything I am asking of them at the pace that I want them to, we have a mental lapse and I think it is immaturity,” Saultz noted. “Our freshmen and sophomores just have to get over that hump.”
It was not such a bad night offensively, though. The Cougars had a balanced attack as Skylar Austin led the way with nine points while Hailey McIntosh put up eight and both Cierra Drake and Abigale Wolfe recorded seven respectively. On a day where leading scorer Autumn Wallace finished with just two points, that type of balance is something Saultz would love to see continue.
“It is pretty spread out and if we can get that, then it is a good day,” the coach noted. “Autumn only had two for us, but she is averaging a double-double and if I can get her teammates to step up and contribute to that, then we are going to be a lot better.”
And getting better is exactly what Saultz intends for her club to do as the Cougars (3-13) have two more games left before district play. Up next is a home game against Wheatland on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
“Take care of the things that we can and just get better every day. If we do that, it is good for my book,” the coach noted. “We have three games left on the season until districts so we have to get better before then.”