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“Season's Best” – So Far – for Junior-High Cougars

It was an outstanding effort, and a razor-thin loss, for the Cougar junior-high basketball team, when they hosted Fort Davis on Monday, Jan. 25.

Coach Joe Czubinski praised his team's performance in the home game, in which the Cougars fell 22-21.

“It was a great overall game,” Coach Ski said, “easily the best game these kids have played all season. Offense, defense, transition – it was all clicking, and our kids were awesome, especially when you consider three of [Fort Davis'] starters were over 6 feet tall.”

The Cougars stayed in the matchup throughout – and made a strong run in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points to Fort Davis' two. Coach Ski said he, and Coach Trever Czubinski, who helmed the team Monday night, “are very proud of how far these kids have come this year,” and are “hoping and praying we just continue to get better each game.”

Three Cougar players tied for lead-scoring honors. Point guard Isaac Rangel had a great game – with seven points, as well as four steals and two assists. Eli Tate had seven points, five rebounds and six steals, and Brandon Crabb had seven points, five rebounds and one steal. All the rest of the team – Kinsey Tate, Nikki Martos, Dustin Neely and Rhiannon Muise – made important contributions to Monday's effort.

The junior-high squad has two more games scheduled this season – the team travels to face Balmorhea on Friday, Feb. 5, and will host Van Horn on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Go Cougars!