The post-LaRae Cruz/Katie Peters era has not started smoothly for the 3-6 Cougars. Without their two leading scorers from last season’s 13-8 squad, G-C has struggled to put the ball in the basket.
The Cougars are averaging 47.3 points, their worse offensive total in over 10 years.
“We’ve played hard every game,” Cougars coach Doug Laker said. “We just haven’t shot the ball well. We’re only averaging 14 turnovers, and that’s pretty good.
“But we’re shooting in the 30s (on field goal percentage) and in the 50s on free throws. We need to bump each of those by 10 percent, and it’s possible. It just takes practice and experience.”
On defense, the Cougars are allowing a respectable 49.2 points. They’ve been dominated only twice — by Pendleton Heights (67-48) and Chatard (77-55). G-C’s other four losses were by an average of 10.5 points.
Shelby Oldham — The 5-4 sophomore point guard has doubled her scoring average, from 4 to 9.2 points, from her freshman season, and increased her assist total from 3 to 5.2 per game.
“She’s done a great job,” Laker said. “She’s doing a lot for us, and she has a lot of responsibility as a sophomore, a leader on and off the floor.”