Wildcats head into break with win over Coosa ValleyPublished 11:32am Thursday, December 26, 2013
Edgewood’s showdown with Coosa Valley Dec. 16 night reinforced the microcosm that’s been its season thus far.
Fresh off going 0-2 in the 2013 Pepsi Challenge tournament at Macon-East the weekend prior, the Wildcats (3-3) battled back to take the 67-63 victory over the Rebels at home. The two teams traded leads after all four periods, supporting the rollercoaster Edgewood’s rode to a .500 record through six games.
“We just kind of have a rollercoaster team right now,” Wildcat head coach Clint Welch said. “When we’re playing well and we’re doing things right, we’re pretty good. And sometimes we’re down at the bottom.”
Coosa Valley led 14-9 after a first quarter where Welch’s team managed to ring two field goals. In the first 34 seconds of the second, junior Josh Crawford matched his team’s offensive, sinking a three-pointer and a jumper to tie things up at 14.
Both teams settled into a rhythm and Rebel guard Blake Gassett broke a 25-25 tie with a three-pointer with 1:58 to go before the break. Then, the Wildcats raced into the locker room on a 10-2 run, capped by Crawford’s three at the buzzer, to sport a 35-30 halftime lead.
Edgewood stretched its advantage to nine (39-30) to begin the third, but the Rebels rattled off 10 unanswered and outscored EA 11-7 the rest of the period, entering the fourth up 51-46.
Coosa Valley’s lead steadied at six points in the first five minutes of the final quarter. With 3:23 left, Edgewood mounted another run.
“We fought back to get back in the game with three minutes left,” Welch said. “We talked about how we can’t have another valley. We’ve got to play good basketball from here-on-out. We stepped up our defense a little bit, forced them into some tougher shots and hit some big shots down the stretch.”
Crawford along with Wildcat guards Jordan Edgeworth and Eli Cohan kept their afloat, with the latter sinking a big three-pointer with 43 ticks left to put EA up 64-61. With 11 seconds remaining, Edgewood made two free throws to put the result out of reach.
“Jordan is a good basketball player, he just has to have some things go his way to get his confidence back up,” Welch said. “I’m confident in Jordan, whether he’s shooting the ball, shooting free throws, handling the ball. He’s our floor leader, our point guard and he stepped up and made big ones for us.”
Gassett led all scorers with 25 points and teammate Austin Brauer added 21. Crawford paced EA with 15. Cohen scored 12, Edgeworth 11, while Austin Brown and Hunter Glenn both recorded 10.