The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Bobcats were mildly upset by Neoga in the NTC Tourney last week, 51-42. The two teams met again on Monday and Neoga nipped them again, 54-45.

CHBC was beaten by 9 last week and they were beaten by 9 this week. Last week, CHBC fell behind by 16 points at the half and out-scored Neoga 29-22 in the 2nd half. This time only 4 points separated the two teams at the half.

A 20-10 run by Neoga in the 3rd, put CHBC in the double-digit hole they had avoided. Down the stretch, CHBC came back with a 13-8 run, but couldn't climb out of the hole.

The Bobcats did make up some ground at the free throw line. They shot 68% making 17-of-25 foul shots. However, they shot about 30 from the field, making just 2-of-9 treys. They grabbed just 18 rebounds. Last time they had just 19 rebounds. They had 11 assists and 11 steals, but that barely offset their 20 turnovers. Last time, they had just 9 assists and only 4 steals. That was an improvement in this game.

Neoga's defense gave the Bobcats trouble. Their last meeting CHBC had three players around double digits. Lauren Wojcik had 12, Kylee Bertin 11 and Jaelyn Robertson 9. This time Robertson had 12, Bertin 9 and Wojcik 7. 

CHBC had just one, almost 2, players in double figures. Jaelyn Robertson had a team-high 12 points. Eight of her 12 points came at the free throw line (8/12). She led the team with 3 assists.

Fellow guard Kylee Bertin followed with 9 points, including a trey and 2-of-2 at the line. Tabitha Endsley and Lauren Wojcik had 7 points, each. Wojcik had a trey and was 3-of-5 at the line. Wojcik led CHBC with 5 boards and Endlsey had 4.

CHBC slipped to 11-12 overall (1-5 NTC) and hosts Sandoval/Odin next Tuesday.

Monday

Neoga 54, CHBC 45

CHBC  10-12-10-13--45

N'oga  11-15-20-8--54

CHBC stats: Robertson 12 (2/6-2s, 0/2-3 pt FGs, 8/12 FTs), 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl; Bertin 9 (2/4-2s, 1/1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), 2 ast, 1 stl; Endsley 7 (3/5-2s, 0/2-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stls; Wojcik 7 (1/6-2s, 1/2-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 stls; Burks 4 (1/4-2s, 0/2-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), 3 reb, 2 ast, 3 stls; Persinger 3 (1/3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl; Cherry 3 (1/4 FGs, 1/2 FTs), 2 reb. Team FGs 13/43 (30%). 2s-11/34 (32%). 3-Pointers: 2/9 (22%)(Bertin, Wojcik). Team FTs 17-of-25 (68%). Rebounds 18. Assists 11. Steals 11. Turnovers 20           

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