Cougars best Eagles for second spot in county final
The North Putnam Cougars took on the South Putnam Eagles in the first round of the Putnam County Classic on Friday night. The Cougars advanced, winning 45-39.
The first half of the game did not have much scoring but lots of good defense. The first quarter score was 4-3 in favor of the Cougars and the halftime score was a 16-9 North Putnam lead.
Both teams were playing shutdown defense and it really showed on the scoreboard.
"In the first half we struggled mightily but in the second half we were a lot better and we had to battle," South Putnam head coach Greg Dean said.
"It was hard to get in a rhythm tonight and we still need to work on our offense," North Putnam coach Collin McCartt said.
Combined there were 29 turnovers and only 4 assists in the game, a testament to the great defense.
The offenses finally showed up in the second half and combined scored 59 points in the second half.
"In the second half we gave up some stuff when we needed to get stops," Dean said.
Both teams struggled to put points up on the board but their defenses were exactly what their coaches wanted to see if they want to win their respected second round games.
"It was nice to come out with a win and we are playing for a championship," McCartt said.
The Eagles will face Cloverdale at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game.
The championship will follow, as the Cougars play the host Tiger Cubs at 8 p.m. at McAnally Center.
North Putnam 3 13 13 16 - 45
South Putnam 4 5 11 19 - 39
North Putnam- Roberts 16, A. Judy 10, Hall 6, Jeter 6, C. Judy 4, Bean 3. Total: 9-19 (4-14) 11-21, 45.
South Putnam- Long 12, Menke 10, Schroer 8, Grundlock 3, Stewart 3, Carmichael 2, Burton 1. Total: 13-29 (2-6) 7-11, 39.
North Putnam (21): Roberts 7, Bean 5, C. Judy 2, Hall 1, Jeter 1, A. Judy 1, Smith 1, Porter 1.
South Putnam (19): Long 8, Carmichael 2, Schroer 2, Burton 1, Menke 1.
Turnovers: NP 14, SP 15.