Things didn't go according to plan for the Cascade Christian Cougars girls basketball team in the first three minutes of regulation against the Eatonville Cruisers.
Eatonville built an early 7-point lead and Cascade Christian didn't get on the scoreboard until a Katie Rozumny bucket with 4:30 left in the first quarter. The Cougars overcame their sluggish start and finished the second quarter with a 12-0 run, taking a lead they never relinquished in a 47-40 victory Friday night in Puyallup.
The Cougars improved their Nisqually League record to 9-0 and Eatonville dropped to 5-3. Cougars coach Bryan Peterson said sluggish starts have been the norm for his team.
"Unfortunately we've started slow too many times this year and we've had to come back from those slow starts. I think the girls have done a pretty good job of recovering," Peterson said. "I just wish we would start faster."
The Cougars shot proficiently from the perimeter, draining six 3-pointers in the final three quarters.
Freshman guard Tristen Coltom hit a trio of 3s in the win and finished with 9 points. Rozumny scored a team-high 10 points.
"We've got a few girls who can shoot it from the outside pretty well,” Peterson said. “Usually it's just a matter of time until we get the ball rotated to our open shooter. We got the open looks we needed.”
Peterson said defeating Eatonville for the second time this season is big.
"They are sitting in second place and obviously for us beating them twice makes a huge difference in the way things can shake out for the rest of the season. It was a really nice win for us," he said.