Cougars strike fast

RAPID RIVER – The Superior Central Cougars continued their amazing run Friday night, as they coasted past the Rapid River Rockets 75-19, and earned their fifth mercy victory of the season.

“I’m real happy with what we’re doing right now,” said Cougars coach Greg Trowbridge. “We’re moving the ball, and our defense has been pretty good all year. We’re starting to get a little better flow, and really looking like a team.”

Superior Central came out with guns blazing as the game opened up. Teslyn Tyner stole the ball and ran it in for a fast break layup to begin the Cougars’ scoring onslaught. That was followed by two back-to-back three-pointers by Brooke Pasanen and Tyner. The Cougars’ fast break offense was stifling the Rockets, as they ran off to a 22-2 lead after the first quarter, and a 43-2 halftime lead.

As the second half began, so did the running clock. Superior Central opened up the half with three fast break buckets, two of which came directly from Rapid River turnovers. The Cougars continued to move the ball well, which led to inside penetration and easy looks from Vanessa Freberg, Pasanen, and others.

Rapid River were able to get some shots to fall in the second half, but the damage was already done, and the Cougars’ bench helped the team wrap up the game.

Superior Central improved to a perfect 8-0 (6-0 CUP), but Trowbridge says their next few games against Ishpeming and Gwinn will be a good test for them.

“Next week, I think we will be challenged a bit,” he said.

Tyner finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and five steals. Freberg paced the Cougars with 17 points.

Rapid River (0-6, 0-5 CUP) is just trying to make some small but progressive improvements as they get closer to district play.

“We decided to take a step back, and right now we’re setting little goals for every game that we want to accomplish,” said Rapid River coach Michelle Carne. “We’re just trying to get better and working to improve as the season goes along. The end of the season is when we want to be good.”

Superior Central’s jayvees won their game 22-20. It came down to the wire, but one final shot from the Cougars avoided overtime and gave them the win.

The Cougars resume Tuesday when they host Ishpeming, while the Rockets visit Big Bay de Noc Friday.