Adams 37 paces Lady Cougars in win


Sarah Adams scored the first 17 points of the game on her way to a 37-point outburst, leading Cedar Creek to a 63-34 win over Claiborne Christian Tuesday night at the Brickhouse.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars improved to 15-0 on the season.

Adams hit four three-pointers out of her 16 made field goals as the Lady Cougars built a 20-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in the one-sided win.

“Sarah came out and shots started falling early, and it kind of gave us some energy,” said head coach Gene Vandenlangenberg. “When you score points it gives the whole team energy. Then we started pressing and sped up the game and got some production in transition. I was really proud of all the girls. They all played their rolls. It all revolved around Sara getting us going early.”

Claiborne Christian never stood a chance. With Adams shots falling early, it wasn’t until Elli Dickerson pulled down an offensive rebound and made the put-back while drawing a foul with just 15.2 seconds to play in the first quarter that someone else on the Creek roster recorded some points.

And although the second quarter saw Adams scored 11 more points, the senior point guard began to get her teammates even more involved making point-producing passes on the interior and the perimeter.

“We are very fortunate,” said Coach “Van”. “Sarah has that ability. She has been able to do that for her entire career. She is averaging eight assists per game and almost 20 points a game this year. She can affect the game in so many ways. She is not one dimensional by any means.”

Creek extended its lead to 42-17 at the half before Vandenlangenberg was able to play a lot of reserves meaningful minutes over the final two quarters.

“We are starting to have more options,” he said. “We aren’t just playing five. We are playing eight regularly. We are trying to find a rotation and maximize their minutes. They realize they can play hard for four or five minutes and then get a break. We have been fortunate to get more production out of more players this year. From the start of the year to now, we are definitely more balance.

“Allie Furr is having a great year. Allie and Sarah are a great one-two punch. Then we have role players. Madelyn Carroll is a defensive player and can play great defense. Millie (Venters) comes in, will score a little bit and can defend. She is our best interior player. We are getting Ava (Hartwell) and Lillian (Soto) back from injury so that is helping our depth. Lizzie McAdams is very capable. She is a good little shooter. We are not one dimensional. Teams have to defend Sarah a lot of different ways but the other players are really stepping up.”

Furr and Venters each added six points while Dickerson and Hartwell each added five points.

The Lady Cougars will travel to Saline Thursday for their next contest.

Photo: Darrell James (dgjames.photoshelter.com)

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