2012 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER Cosby High Lady Eagles senior Haley Helton drives through the lane for a second half layup in a Saturday night championship loss to Region 1-A rival North Greene.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-11-27 11:04:10)
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

AFTON-Coaches constantly talk about the importance of making free throws.

Several key missed shots from the stripe cost the Cosby Lady Eagles on Saturday as they fell to North Greene 43-41 in the finals of the Greene County Thanksgiving tournament.

It was the final minute when the Lady Eagles had several chances to claim the lead but just couldn't get over the hump.

"We have to make free throws. It's as simple as that," Cosby head coach Richard Coggins said. "We were 9-of-16 and we missed four with under a minute to go. We have to hit free throws."

The Lady Eagles (3-2) did hold North Greene's Mendy McNeese to 16 points, most of which came late in the second half.

It was just offensively where Cosby struggled for most of the night.

Bethanie Williams and Lexi Lowery each had 10 points.

"We're shorthanded. It's just that simple," Coggins said. "(Tiffany) Smelcer played with the flu. They fought. That's one of the best teams in the region and we should've won without Lexiey (Williams). That's the best thing."

For the full story, see the November 27 edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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