Lady Cougars Take Season Opener 65-57
HOLYOKE, MA - The Holyoke CC Lady Cougars basketball team opened the 2011-12 season last night at home against Gateway CC. HCC started the year off on the right foot with the eight point victory over a regional opponent with three Cougars scoring in double figures.
Showing little rust from the off-season, the Lady Cougars were able to put points on the board early, jumping out to the 37-31 half-time lead. Sophomore guard Jess Santiago (Holyoke; shown at right) led the way with 16 points, shooting 66% from the floor including four 3-pointers. Freshman forward Jenn Perry (West Springfield) chipped in 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds in her HCC basketball debut. Seven players contributed to the scoring for HCC, providing a balanced scoring attack, an overall strong effort this early in the year.
Imani Garcia led all scorers for Gateway CC with 20 points while teammate Jaime Baker scored 16.
The Lady Cougars travel to Worcester on Thursday evening to face another regional opponent in Quinsigamond CC at 5:30 p.m.
Story and Photos by Matt Patenaude