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Cougars pounce on Rebels

Published 3:48pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

By Ed Bailey

Behind an offensive show by Xavier Moon, Central of Coosa County cruised to a 75-46 victory over Thorsby High School this past Tuesday night.
It was Coosa’s third straight victory. With their second region win in as many tries, the Cougars improved to 6-3  overall on the year.
Moon nearly outscored Thorsby on his own, pouring in 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting.
The senior guard was lethal from three, hitting eight of 11 from long range.
He also added five swipes.
“He (Moon) shot a really good percentage,” CCHS boys coach Joe Belyeu said. “The basket was really big for him on that night.”
Freshman David McKinney netted 16 points and grabbed 10 boards, and Belyeu praised Coosa’s man in the middle for his recent play.
“He’s been playing pretty well for us,” he said.
The opening stanza of the contest ended with Coosa slightly ahead of the Rebels 16-14.
The Cougars seized control for good in the second, outscoring Thorsby 27-8 in the quarter as they headed into the break up 43-22.
Coosa continued to increase its lead as the game wound down.
Belyeu said the win was a complete team effort, adding that the game allowed for the Coosa squad to gain more experience from top to bottom.
“Everybody got a chance to play,” he said. “Overall, I thought we played pretty well offensively and defensively. We’re learning and growing so hopefully we’ll continue to do that.”
Next up for the Cougars is the Childersburg Classic. Carroll High School, Francis Marion High School and Dadeville High School round out the four-team field.
Belyeu said he expects the tournament to be very competitive, and with his team currently on a three-game win streak, he said he hopes his team will continue its strong play.
“Hopefully we can do whatever it takes and come out of there with a few wins,” he said.
The Childersburg Classic begins Thursday night, with Coosa going up against Carroll High School in the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Cougars will then play Francis Marion on Friday night at 5 p.m. and take on Dadeville on Saturday night with a scheduled start of 6:30 p.m.

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