Cougars Claw Back against #1 Polar Bears in High-Flying Rivalry Clash
Shinnston, WV (January 24, 2024): The Lincoln Cougars roared back on Wednesday night, stunning the #1-ranked Fairmont Senior Polar Bears 77-28 in a home conference showdown. It was a performance defined by Ashlyn Riley’s historic quadruple-double (29 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals), and a powerful statement from the Cougars who now sit at 4-6 on the season.
What it is: West Virginia High School Basketball
Matchup: Lincoln Cougars vs Fairmont Senior Polar Bears
Time: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 7:30PM
Locations: Lincoln, WV
Game type: home conference game
Live Stream: Watch here
From the get-go, Lincoln showcased a disruptive defense, fueled by Riley’s steals and relentless energy. They jumped out to an 18-0 lead, with Riley and Davisson orchestrating the early offensive flurry. After Fairmont Senior briefly responded, the Cougars closed the first half on a 9-0 run to maintain a 38-14 advantage.
The second half was a masterclass in execution for Lincoln. Riley continued her dominance, distributing with precision and finding teammates for easy buckets. Meanwhile, the Cougars’ defense refused to relent, forcing turnovers and limiting the Polar Bears’ high-powered offense.
Joclyn Silva led the fight for Fairmont Senior with 8 points, but the Cougars’ defensive pressure proved too much for the Polar Bears to overcome. Despite their #1 ranking, Fairmont Senior struggled to find their rhythm and were ultimately overwhelmed by the Cougars’ determination.
This victory marks a significant turning point for Lincoln, injecting a powerful dose of confidence into their squad. As they look ahead to the remainder of the season, the Cougars’ performance against the top-ranked Polar Bears sends a clear message: they are a force to be reckoned with.
“This was a huge win for our program,” said Coach Rob Hawkins. “Ashlyn played out of her mind, but it was a total team effort. We stuck to our game plan, played with heart, and showed everyone what we’re capable of.”
Fairmont Senior, now 9-1, will look to regroup and refocus as they navigate the remainder of their challenging schedule. The Cougars, on the other hand, have established themselves as a dangerous contender in the conference. With Riley leading the charge and their confidence soaring, expect Lincoln to continue making noise in the coming weeks.