Cougars rebound with convincing win over Raiders

Posted On: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
By: nwagner.

Three players scored 15 points or more for Ada-Borup in its 70-27 win over Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday in Ada.

After succumbing to Hawley the night before, Ada-Borup (4-1) hit its reset button and quickly jumped out to an 11-3 lead over Lake Park-Audubon (3-4) four minutes into the game.

“The ball didn’t fall for us Monday against Hawley,” Ada-Borup coach Dave Smart said. “In back-to-back games, it’s always a worry if a rough performance will carry into the next, but the girls quickly looked past the loss and played with good attitude tonight.”

Ada-Borup’s Monica Vega led all scorers with 17 points. Vega displayed gritty drives, sustaining contact in her many attacks through Raiders defenders. Vega also played well defensively, stealing the ball 4 times and collecting 3 rebounds.

Two other Cougars players amassed points past the double digit mark, as Megan Kolness finished with 16, and Lexi Merkens contributed 15 of her own off the bench.

The even spread of points among all of Ada-Borup’s players was a big key in breaking away from Lake Park-Audubon.


The Cougars success in limiting Lake Park-Audubon’s scoring ability to just one scorer – Bailee Bartunek – who produced only 10 points.

Ada-Borup kept Bartunek from scoring anymore than she is capable of

Ada-Borup's Shaina Stevenson defends a Raiders ball handler during Tuesday's game in Ada.

, as it rebounded well defensively and ended 18 Raiders’ possessions with point-producing steals. It seems whenever Ada-Borup is able to create turnovers and run with the ball, it always prevails victorious over its opponent, as was the case against Lake Park-Audubon

“Balanced scoring is good to see early in the season, and it’s nice to have kids off the bench that know how to score,” Smart said. “We’re starting to work better as a group on defense, and it showed in the final score.”

The Ada-Borup’s boys basketball team improved its record to 5 wins and 1 loss after it too beat Lake Park-Audubon, 88-33.

The Cougars’ Lance Ruebke scored a game-high 20 points, followed by JD Kappes’ 12 points.


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