Cougars eliminated from playoffs by Midfield, 58-42Published 1:17pm Saturday, February 16, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Thanks to a big second quarter by the visiting Patriots, Central-Coosa was shown the door from tournament play as the Cougars lost 58-42 in Class 3A sub-regional action.
Xavier Moon led the team with 26 points but battled foul trouble all night.
“That’s been the story all year,” Central-Coosa boys basketball coach Joe Belyeu said. “If (Moon) goes, we go. Those fouls killed us. It didn’t help that he faced two or three guys all night.”
Moon was the only Central-Coosa player to score in double figures.
As the first quarter began it appeared that Moon would explode for the Cougars as he scored all 14 first-quarter points for CCHS, who headed into the second up 14-11.
Moon then picked up three of his four first-half fouls in the second period.
After Moon was sent to the bench midway through the second, Midfield immediately seized control of the game.
The Patriots ended up taking advantage of turnovers to pile up a 12-2 run to secure a 23-16 lead as CCHS looked rattled by the loss of its star guard.
“They did the best they could do,” Belyeu said of his team’s stretch without Moon.
The run was part of a second quarter where Central-Coosa was outscored 23-6.
At the half, the Cougars found themselves down 33-20.
The Cougars’ supporting cast showed some life in the third, but Midfield’s offense continued to hum along as CCHS got down by as many as 17 during the quarter.
Midfield headed into the final stanza up 44-28 and as the fourth began, the Patriots increased their lead to 19. They led 49-30 with 6:35 left.
Central-Coosa put together one last gasp, as Moon keyed an 8-0 run to get the Cougars to within 11 of the Patriots.
Moon fouled out with 4:45 left in the game, and Midfield stepped on the gas from there.
“They were the better team,” Belyeu said.
“We’ll have to get back in the gym for next year. For now, we’re glad that we made it this far. We wish we could have made it a littler farther though.”
The loss ends Central-Coosa’s season at 15-13.