Lady Cougars Come up Big as State Basketball Champs

March 14, 2014

by Phillip Nichols

The Campbell High School girls basketball team played Fall Mountain for the NHIAA D-3 championship on March 8 and won big time, 57-36.

Both teams started the game in a man-to-man defense, and it appeared to be getting the job done for both teams.  Campbell, at one point, fell behind by as many as 4 points in the first few minutes of the first quarter.

Fall Mountain looked as if they would dominate the offensive and defensive boards, before their center, Peigton Ahlberg, got into early foul trouble and had to come out of the game.

Coach Robert Allan, who had been masterful all year, leading the Cougars, made a couple adjustments, and the Cougars were off and running.  The Cougars ran a balanced offense and kept every team member involved.

The Cougars were patient and passed the ball nicely.  It was these two things that allowed the Lady Cougars to tie the game with just 2:15 seconds left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats kept fighting and the lead changed a couple times.  With both student bodies cheering on their respective teams, the Cougars put on their full court press, which changed the tone of the game.

After the game, Coach Allan said, “we saw we were getting beat down low in the post.  We had to get them running up and down the court.”  With this in mind, Coach Allan started pressing and it worked.

Campbell, down by a score of 18-11 two minutes into the second quarter, put on the press.  This full court pressure started a 12-0 run, giving the Cougars the lead, which they would never surrender.

In the third quarter, the Lady Cougars outscored the Wildcats 17-6 cruising to victory, 57-41.

This marks Campbell’s second championship title in four years and with this young team, Talia Hardy, a sophomore said, “we knew we had it, we worked really, really hard for it …”  Hardy went on to say that she is looking forward to doing it again.

Three Cougars had double figures in scoring, Hannah Fabiano (14 points), Kylee Julia (12) points and Hannah Neild (11), while Alexandria Trevains finished with six points and a game-high six rebounds.

Truly a team effort!