The Lady Kougars opened up Sectional play on Tuesday night by taking on the Merrillville Lady Pirates. The Kougars jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to its defense. Merrillville battled back and closed the margin at haltime by using an 8-0 run to cut the score to 29-26. In the third quarter the Lady Kougars used the hot shooting on Lindsey Stokes and great team defense to build its lead to 11point lead. Merrillville cam storming back and trailed the Kougars 47-43 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Kaylee Barrett erupted for 9 consecutive points to help the Kougars take the lead and pull out a 66-52 victory.
Scorers for tonight: Stokes 20 points, Martin 14, Barrett 12, Cavinder 6, Toppen 4, Nowak 4, Webster 3, Swart 2, and DeKock 1.
The Kougars are now 19-3 on the season and will advance to the semi final game of the Class 4A Kankakee Valley Sectional where they will face Michigan City. The game will tip off at 6 pm.