After starting 3-0, the Cross County girls basketball team lost its first game of the season on Saturday at home against Malcolm 41-30.
It was a close game at the beginning with Malcolm taking an 8-5 lead after the first quarter. The Clippers extended that lead during the second quarter, leading 24-15 at half.
Cross County started to fall behind in the third, trailing 36-18.
The Cougars made a late push in the fourth, outscoring the Clippers 12-5 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to close the deficit.
Erica Startman led Cross County with nine points, Cortlyn Schaefer scored eight, Avery Hanson added four, Amanda Giannou and Savannah Anderson finished with three each, Josi Noble recorded two and Chloe Sandell tallied one.
Stratman also led Cross County in rebounds with seven and Giannou dished out a team-high three assists. Noble finished with four steals to lead the Cougars.
Cross County was also in action on Thursday defeating Meridian 48-26.
Cross County led 9-5 after the first, 18-15 at half and 32-20 after the third. The Cougars outscored the Mustangs 16-6 in the final eight minutes.
Noble, Schaefer and Stratman all scored a team-high 10 points, Giannou and Anderson finished with seven each and Hanson contributed four.
Anderson and Schefer each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team while Giannou and Schaefer dished out three assists each. Giannou also led in steals with five.
Cross County sits at 3-1 after the loss and will be in action next on Friday when it hosts D-2 No. 5 BDS.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at columbustelegram.com
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