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January 7, 2009 > Newark Memorial finishes second at Lady Cougar Classic

Newark Memorial finishes second at Lady Cougar Classic

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Newark Memorial's girls basketball played host to the Lady Cougar Classic from Saturday, Dec. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 30. The Lady Cougars were able to reach the finals, but were ousted in the championship game by Notre Dame of Belmont on their home floor.

In the opening day of the tournament, Saturday, Dec. 27, the girls from Newark Memorial took on Fremont-Sunnyvale. Having the home crowd behind them boosted the play of the entire roster as they took an early lead and increased it throughout. Eventually, the Lady Cougars would leave the floor victors, 78-55.

After taking Sunday off, the tournament resumed on Monday, Dec. 29, with the Cougars taking on Alameda's St. Joseph-Notre Dame. The outcome of the game wasn't as decisive as the first contest for Newark, but the result was still a victory. Holding onto a comfortable lead for most of the game, the Lady Cougars cruised to a double-digit victory, 53-43.

With the victory over St. Joseph-Notre Dame, Newark advanced to the championship game of their tournament versus Notre Dame of Belmont.

The two sides went back and forth trading baskets for most of the game. The Lady Cougars defense was strong in this game as it had been in the previous two. They allowed only 52 points, its best defensive showing of the tournament. However, they had their worst output on the offensive end, only scoring 47 points. Newark settled for second at its annual Lady Cougar Classic, losing by five.

Following the tournament, the girls next took the court on Saturday, Jan. 3, against St. Ignatius. After the first quarter, Newark Memorial was trailing, 10-8. In the second quarter, St. Ignatius extended its lead from two to nine, outscoring the Lady Cougars, 18-11 in the frame.

Despite the efforts of Chaunise Powell (19 points, 16 rebounds), the Lady Cougars were not able to withstand the charge of the Lady Wildcats. St. Ignatius went on to the convincing victory, 61-41.

Next up for the Lady Cougars is a return to Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play with games on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. against John F. Kennedy High and Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at Mission San Jose.

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