Cougars Fall In Final Second To Richmond Senior

The girls’ basketball team nearly edged the Raiders, but fell 47 to 45 in the final second


Vianey Hinojo and Bryan Beck

Taking place Feb. 22, the girls’ basketball team took the court against Richmond Senior High, wrapping up this year’s basketball season and knocking the Cougars out of the tournament in the first round.

 The final score was a loss for the Cougars by a score of 47 to 45 against the Raiders in the last second. 

Despite the loss, the team’s coach remains optimistic for their future and applauds the girls’ performances.

“Tuesday night’s game did not end the way we wanted the game to end, but I was proud of our team. We competed against a very good Richmond County team but came up short in the end,” coach Clinton Williams said. “Emilee Lewis and Taya Simpkons carried us offensively, and Shayla Rodriguez, Amina Miles and Audra Hillman carried us defensively. Overall, I was very proud of how we played on the road against a formidable team.”

For the seniors on the team, this would be the last experience they have playing basketball in high school.

“Last night’s game was tough because it was like my last high school basketball game. Overall, I think we tried our best. We just came up short in the end,” senior Emilee Lewis said.

Though teammates express their disappointment, they remain proud of how they played.

“I think we played a good overall game and fought hard till the end. I don’t regret how we played, I just wish we would have pulled through and won,” senior Shayla Rodriquez said.