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Cousino defeats Eisenhower, reaches Red-White final PHOTO GALLERY

  • Kierra Fletcher of Cousino is a finalist for the Miss Basketball award.
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousin puts up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves past Alexus Smith (25) of Eisenhower during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kate McArthur (23) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cousino vs Eisenhower at Cousino High School on February 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

Fletcher, McArthur lead third-period barrage

McArthur’s Park was anywhere outside the 3-point arc.

Kate McArthur made a trio of 3-point field goals to complement the inside presence of Kierra Fletcher during a decisive third quarter Tuesday night that carried Cousino to a 64-42 victory over visiting Eisenhower in a semifinal game of the inaugural MAC Red-White girls basketball tournament.

McArthur made a 3-pointer from the left wing, the right wing and then from the top of the key as MAC Red champion Cousino outscored the White Division Eagles 23-9 for a 60-39 lead, and the Patriots went on to their 11th consecutive victory and a spot in the tournament championship game.

“Kierra started picking it up, and we all started picking it up,” McArthur said. “Rachel (Hayes) got rebounds. Erin (McArthur) got to the basket, and Kierra did her thing.

“We all contributed. I had a good night. When I started making shot, I got in rhythm. Our defense is solid.”

Fletcher scored 27 points and Kate McArthur had 18 as the Patriots improved to 16-2.

Fletcher, a Georgia Tech recruit, scored nine in the third quarter.

“I think we picked up the defensive intensity,” Fletcher said of the third quarter. “We took defense to heart. Defense leads to offense, and Kate got hot.”

The Patriots will play Red Division rival Port Huron Northern for the tournament championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dakota.

Picking up where she left off in the second quarter, Fletcher made the Patriots’ first basket of the third quarter and she split a pair of free throws – that gave her 11 consecutive team points – as Cousino took a 40-34 lead.

Then McArthur got in on the scoring act.

Her triple from the left wing pushed the lead to 43-34 with 5:52 left, and 26 seconds later her triple from the right wing gave Cousino a 49-34 advantage, the Patriots’ largest to that point, and compelled Eisenhower to call time out.

After Mackenzie Cook added to Cousino’s lead with a triple, Fletcher went back to work, scoring back-to-back buckets, including one when she put back her own missed shot.

McArthur then added her third triple of the quarter, this time from the top of the key, as the Cousino lead grew to 56-36 with 1:52 left.

“She’s a pure shooter,” Cousino coach Mike Lee said of McArthur, a sophomore. “She’s always got the green light.”

Meanwhile, Eisenhower couldn’t mount a rally after halftime.

“We stopped attacking the basket,” Eagles coach Mike Satawa said. “And Fletcher is so tough. She’s so strong in the paint.”

Fletcher scored the final eight points of the first half to lift Cousino from a 30-29 deficit to the 37-30 lead the Patriots carried into the intermission.

“We thought the last two minutes of the first half were critical for us,” Satawa said. “A lot of that was our doing; we took some bad shots.”

Eisenhower, which finished second to Ford in the White, fell to 13-5 by losing the first of what will be two games in nine days against Cousino.

“We didn’t come for a moral victory,” Satawa said. “We were out to get one.”

Paige Montreuil scored 13 points and Lauren DeBeau 10 for the Eagles.

Eisenhower and Cousino play on Feb. 22 in a tuneup for state district play.

Last Updated: 2/14/2017 10:09:32 PM EST


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