The Cougar defense forced a KIPP turnover in the final minute to set up the game-winning possession. The Cougars' first attempt went off the board and was rebounded by Hampton who put it back up and laid it in the hoop.
|The Cougars, CHS Cheerleaders and fans celebrate the win.|
The game was tight throughout with numerous ties and lead changes. The first quarter ended with both teams locked up at 14-14.
The KIPPsters took the lead at the half by a score of 34-33. However, Helena-West Helena bounced back and took the lead by a score of 46-45 at the end of the third.
|Alonzo Murphy on a fast break for the Cougars|
Cougar Coach Willie Jackson was elated following the game. He said, "This is a great win in front of a great home crowd. Our guys played hard. I am proud of the way they played. This was a great tournament. I want to thank our fans for coming out and I want to thank those who made this tournament possible."
The Cougars resume play with the 5A-Central conference opener against North Pulaski on January 4th. The game against the Falcons is at home and begins at 6:00 pm.
The Lady Cougars, who finished second to the Coahoma County Lady Panthers in the tournament, also have city bragging rights after emphatically blowing out the Lady KIPPsters by a score of 62-19. The Lady Cougars led 15-7 at the end of the first and coasted to a dominating performance . Cassandra Nealy had 20 points. Delana Bedford had 14 followed by Kymberlee Collier with 13.
Photos courtesy of Josh Troy