BY HAILEY BROWN
On Monday, January 22, the Cowboys took on Fischer High School, otherwise known as Posnack School, at their home gym. The Lady Cowboys took a short ride over and began to warm up as usual. The game started in favor of the Cowboys, but didn’t quite end that way. The Cowboys were able to stay close in the beginning, but couldn’t keep up as Posnack lengthened the gap between them. The game eventually came to an end with a score of 47-23.
The game started with the tip off, which was hit out by Posnack giving Cooper City the ball. Posnack was able to take the ball down, but was blocked by junior Isabella Wisler. Posnack received the ball, but was called for traveling, giving the Cowboys the ball on a throw in. Posnack was able to steal the ball again and bring it back, only to get blocked by Kaia Weaver. A foul was called, and Posnack was given two free throws. Shortly after Cooper was able to steal the ball and bring it back to their side of the court.
After swinging the ball a few times, they were able to find Wisler for an open three point shot, putting the Cowboys ahead with a score of 3-2. Posnack was able to take the ball down the court and hit a jump shot, putting them ahead 4-3. The Cowboys made a bad pass and Posnack was able to recover and take the ball down, adding another two points to their score, making it 6-3. Cooper City was able to get the rebound and Kassandra Espinosa was able to find Natalie Gonzalez for a pass inside, giving the Cowboys another two points. The first quarter came to an end shortly after with a score of 6-5, with Posnack in the lead.
The Cowboys were able to start off the second quarter with a throw in. The Cowboys found Espinosa and put the Cowboys back in the lead with a score of 7-6. The Cowboys were able to get the rebound and send a pass to Gonzalez, who sent a long pass to Espinosa putting the Cowboys up by three points. Kaia Kepple was fouled while going up for the shot giving Cooper two free throws, making the score 10-6.
Posnack was able to dribble right pass the Cowboys defense, leading for an easy lay up, putting the score at 10-8. Keppel was able to get the rebound off a missed shot by Cooper, and put it back up for another two points, putting the Cowboys ahead by four points. The Cowboys were able to maintain the lead to half, ending the half with a score of 12-11.
As the second half started the Cowboys were worn down and tired. Posnack was able to take advantage of this, playing with the ball and tiring the Cowboys out, giving them plenty of opportunities to score. With Posnack constantly stealing the ball and outrunning the Cowboys, Cooper City was only able to put up 12 points in the second half. The game ended with Posnack in the lead with a score of 47-23.
“I think we could have played better as team and made better passes,” senior Sophia Pera said. “If we were in better shape we could have beat them.”
Final score: Cooper City 23, Posnack47
Photo by Ryan Sullivan