This week in sports

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Girls Basketball

By Rayne Hayes

In the first few minutes of the first quarter, Haley Morton, 11, sinks a basket, leaving their game at 10-2. Photo By Rayne Hayes.

In an impressive 77-32 take down, the varsity girls basketball team secured a win against Las Vegas High School on Friday, Dec. 15.

In the first seconds of the game, the Cougars won the tip off cementing their confidence going into the first half. Vegas tried putting up a strong fight in the beginning but were run down by the Cougs strong offense and defense.

“The highlight of the game was going into the locker room at halftime with everyone smiling and with positive attitudes following a big lead,” Haley Morton, junior, said.

The JV girls basketball team also earned an astounding victory, 44-5, against the Wildcats.

“Hopefully this big win will help my team become more confident and determined to beat whomever we challenge next and to win the games we have later on in the season,” Angelina Callorina, sophomore, said.

Their current standing is 4-1 in the Southeast league; their next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 9 against Silverado.

Varsity Flag Football

By Sage Tippie

This week marked another string of wins for the varsity flag football team when they gained victories over SECTA, Las Vegas, and Sierra Vista.

On Monday, Dec. 11, the Cougars crushed the Roadrunners 46-0 at their away game. Reagan Raimer, junior, aided the team’s success, earning four touchdowns for the Cougs. Caitlin Shannon, junior, dominated as quarterback, securing the Cougs a complete shutout.

“Winning these first games for pre-season has helped our team become cohesive. We’ve learned a lot about how each plays and how to support one another. These wins have helped us grow in our confidence as a team going into the rest of the season,” Brenna Heenan, 11, said.

The Cougs continued their triumphs on the field during Wednesday’s away game against Las Vegas, winning 46-28. Strong offense throughout the game locked in the team’s win.

The ladies ended their week of victories with yet another shutout during Thursday’s home game against Sierra Vista, defeating the Mountain Lions 12-0. Sydnee Hansen, junior, led the team to another win during her first play as the Cougs’ quarterback. Shawna Slater, senior, also played a key role in the offensive and defensive, assisting in the team’s success.

Support the Cougs in their next home game on Wednesday, Jan. 10, against Silverado at 4:30.

Boys Basketball

By Ryan Kelleher

In the second quarter, freshman Jaden Hardy sinks a three over a wildcat’s defender’s block. Photo by Joshua Christensen.

In a close match against the Las Vegas Wildcats, the men’s varsity basketball team clutched 68-63 win on Friday, Dec. 15. Jaden Hardy, freshman, led the Cougars to victory with 19 points, while Tyrelle Hunt, sophomore, also put up 17 points.

The Cougs started off the game strong and aggressive. By the end of the second quarter, Coronado was up, 39-26. Despite their deficit, the Wildcats were not giving up. Although the Wildcat defense and offense seemed to have improved in the last half of the game, the Cougs remained on top, winning the game, 68-63.

“When a game is close like this one, the most important factors are attitude and effort,” Maxwell Howard, sophomore, said. “In order to win, we not only need five players willing to leave it all out on the court, but we need a bench willing to cheer us on, no matter the playing time they had.”

Varsity basketball will not have another conference game until the new year, but they will be playing in both the Tarkanian Classic Tournament and the Punahou Invitational Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.