Stromsberg-The Cross County Cougars managed to take one of two from East Butler Tuesday night.
After losing to East Butler during the CRC Tournament45-41back on January 25, Cross County was seeking some redemption as they faced the same foe. Revenge they did, with a vengeance winning 56-18.
The cougars dominated all night by sinking baskets, playing pesky defense, and just fundamental basketball.
Center Erica Stratman seemed to be the favorite target of her teammates as she found ways of getting open. It helps to get the rock when you are six foot tall.
Stratman poured in 17 points to lead the Cougars to victory. Courtlyn Schaefer had 10, and Amanda Giannou added six. Giannous defense continue to make opportunities for her team as she had steal after steal.
East Butler was down 27-8 at the half, and finally reached double digits early in the third period.
Tigers star player Amanda Aerts got into foul trouble early in the game and sat most of the first half. She never really found a groove in the second half either scoring just three points all night before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
East Butler was led by Kailyn Hummel who knocked in five points off the bench.
Cross County will wrap up their regular season Friday at Exeter-Milligan.
East Butler will end their regular season at home Thursday hosting Shelby-Rising City.
The boy’s game was a much different affair as Cross County lost a nail bitter 52-49.
East Butler junior Jaden Rhynalds, as advertised, was too hard to contain for the Cougars, and he went on a scoring barrage early and never slowed down. He nearly outscored Cross County by himself in the first half.
East Butler dominated the whole first half leading 26-10 at the half. Miscues on passes, and solid East Butler defense didn’t help their case.
Second half Cross County played better on both sides of the ball and started to turn up the heat to get within four trailing 38-34 at the end of the third period.
In the fourth Cross County managed to tie it about half way through, but that was shortly lived as Rhynalds pumped a three from downtown and had added a lay up about 30 seconds later, to move his team ahead by five. That was all they needed and held off the Cougars the remainder of the game.
Rhynalds lit up with six three-pointers and was 11-14 from the line. He ended the night with a high of 35 points.
Cael Lundstrom had some late 3’s to help bring his team back into the game. He ended 4 from way out, and total of 15 points.
Cross County did have six three pointers on the night.
Both boys squad have two regular season games left on the schedule.
Cross County travels to Exeter-Milligan Friday, then wraps up the season Feb. 15 at Friend.
East Butler will host Clarkson-Leigh Friday night and wrap up the regular season at Shelby-Rising City Feb. 15.