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Cougars suffer two losses on the road; Lady Cougars keep faint playoff hopes alive

February 1, 2019 GMT

LAUGHLIN — It had been two weeks since both Laughlin High School basketball teams had played at home in the Den before playing Adelson on Tuesday.

The last home outing for either squad was against Needles High School on Jan. 15. Since then, each has had two road games, one against The Meadows School, and another versus Lake Mead Academy.

Shooting woes continued for the guys dropping both games on the road.

“They guys played well against Meadows,” head coach Gary Reese said in the 56-42 loss.

In the second half the guys cut the lead down to single digits, but a few misses late in the game cost them.

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However, Reese has been running more man-to-man and pressure defense. He said the results have been positive.

“If we come out and play in the second half like in Meadows, we have a good chance come Tuesday,” Reese said.

The guys lost against Lake Mead Academy 55-24.

The girls went 1-1, and with four conference games left in the season still have a chance to make the playoffs depending on who wins and loses the remaining games.

“You would like to be able to control your own destiny,” head coach Don Arsenault said.

The Lady Cougars started the road trip with a 37-20 win over The Meadows School on Jan. 18.

“We did a pretty good job,” Arsenault said. “We made some adjustments and handled the ball well.”

Meadows has improved since Laughlin last played them at the beginning of the season. Arsenault said they are an up-and-coming team.

The Laughlin girls suffered a heartbreaking, 52-50 overtime loss against Lake Mead Academy on Jan. 24.

It was 47-46, Mead with the advantage. With under a minute in the fourth quarter, Arsenault called a quick timeout once his team got the ball.

On the next play, sophomore guard Ashley Bishop made a charge to the basket and got fouled with a few seconds left on the clock.

She made one of the two foul shots, taking the game into overtime.

Bishop scored eight points in the contest.

Sophomore center Savannah Santillano was Laughlin’s leading scorer with 18 points against Mead and senior guard Faith Mcgeehan had 11.

“It was a very competitive run and effort was second to none,” Arsenault said. “It was just one of those games.”

The split on the road trip puts the Lady Cougars at 10-12 overall and 4-6 in 2A Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Southern League. Lake Mead is 8-7 overall and 6-4 in league play.

The loss against Lake Mead Academy makes qualifying for the playoffs considerably trickier.

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Mead has the same last four conference games as Laughlin, and has a two-game advantage. The Cougars would have to win four straight while Mead drops two to make it into playoffs.

Laughlin should win both games coming up, based on earlier performances.

They played Adelson at home for senior night on Jan. 29 and then will play Mountain View Christian on the road Jan. 31.

The last two games of the season against Lincoln County and Calvary Chapel will be the true playoff test, Arsenault said.