The David City girls basketball team lost a back-and-forth battle to the Cross County Cougars at home on Jan. 12.

The Scouts led 12-7 to start the second quarter, but a scoring drought helped the Cougars climb back to 15-13 at halftime.

“We played a really strong defensive game in this one,” David City coach Nathan Wall said. “Especially, the first three quarters. Cross County shoots the ball so well that we couldn't play zone. As a result, Cross County exploited some match up problems for us in the fourth quarter in our man- to- man defense.”

The Scouts kept up with the Cougars in the third quarter, but the Cougars got the upper hand with an 18-12 advantage in the final frame.

“I thought that Olivia and Maya Couch both had a gutsy effort tonight, in that they drew a very tough assignment against Maddie Portwine, who is a 5-11 Point Guard,” Wall said. “We had two straight defensive mental breakdowns in the last minute of the third quarter that allowed Cross County to score five points and get the game tied going into the fourth.”

Senior scoring leader Chaquoya Givens ran into foul trouble early in the fourth quarter. The Cougars grabbed the lead 31-29 with under six minutes left. Leading 44-37 lead, Cross County began to work on the clock.

Portwine led the Cougars with 16 points, while Amanda Giannou an Cortlyn Schaefer each added 10.

Givens led the Scouts with 22 points, including 6-12 at the line. Junior Macy Svoboda scored nine points, including a three pointer.

The Scouts traveled to play Shelby-Rising City on Tuesday and will host Yutan Jan. 23 to start a three-game home stretch.

DCHS student Payton McMillin contributed to this report.

January 12 at David City

Cross County 7 6 13 18 -44

David City 12 3 12 12- 39

Scoring – DC: Givens 22, Svoboda 9, O. Couch, Vandenberg 4. CC: Portwine 16, Giannou, Schaefer 10

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