Cougars claw women’s team


Centurion players scramble for the ball during the season opener against Philadelphia CC


The Lady Centurions’
record falls to 0-4 after another
runaway loss to Lehigh
Carbon Cougars 83-32.
Amidst a season marked by
several 50-point losses,
Bucks struggled to find the
shooting touch from the
opening tip.
Early on, the game stayed
fairly close, as Lehigh Carbon
didn’t get hot until midway
through the first period.
The Cougars, helped along
by numerous fouls by Bucks
players, went to the foul line
10 times.
Lehigh Carbon converted
on 11 of 20 free throws in the
first half alone, and a late
surge by the Cougars
stretched their first half lead
to 31 points, 45-14.
For Bucks, shooting guard
Jackie Kramer provided the
only offensive spark, driving
the lane several times that led
to either layups or trips to the
foul line, where she went 7-
On the defensive side of the
ball Shannon Swift looked
like she was playing volleyball
at times, as she spiked
away several shots from the
Cougars. This drew a raucous
reaction from the
fans in attendance.
But too many offensive rebounds
by Lehigh Carbon resulted
in second and even
third attempts at the basket.
In a game that, again, was a
foregone conclusion even at
the half, Bucks was dominated
down in the low post
area, and these extra field
goal attempts led directly to
extra points.
Lehigh put up nearly 90 shots
in the game, compared with
just over 60 from Bucks.
And more importantly, the
Cougars made 35 of their
shots, compared with only 11
by the Centurions.
Lehigh Carbon (35/88) shot
nearly 40 percent from the
field, while the Lady Centurions
only managed 18 percent
on 11 of 62 shooting.
Despite the low shooting
percentage, Bucks did manage
to achieve its highest
scoring output to date, a
moral victory perhaps.