The varsity girls basketball team is halfway through their tournament schedule at the Hoops 4 Pink Tourney in Hammond, Indiana just outside of Chicago, Illinois. The girls made a splash in their first tournament game, beating Gary West Side Leadership Academy out of Gary, Indiana, 58-27 with another dominant defensive performance. So, how do you follow up a 31-point win in your tourney debut? Well, you go out and win game two by 41!
In the first quarter, the Lady Elks defensive pressure caused fits for Chicago Morgan Park High School as the visitors raced to a 16-point lead, 25-9, after the first eight minutes of play. The hosts from Illinois got their feet underneath them somewhat in the second quarter and scored seventeen points, but still trailed by 16 at the half, 42-26. Not at all satisfied with a 16-point lead, the Lady Elks raised their defensive intensity to a suffocating level in the second half which resulted in Morgan Park scoring just nine points, five in the third and four in the fourth. A 19-5 third quarter gave the girls an overwhelming, 61-31, lead heading to the final eight minutes. In that final period, the Elks outscored Morgan Park, 15-4, to post an impressive, 41-point victory, 76-35.
The sensational duo of Freshman Cotie McMahon and sophomore Amy Velasco were at it again for the Lady Elks. McMahon led all scorers with 23 and Velasco was hot on her heels with 19. Overall, 11 of the 12 players scored in the game for the Lady Elks.
Back here at home, the freshman team raced to a 32-0 halftime lead over Minster and went on to beat the Wildcats, 50-19. That was followed by the JV who got their second shot at the only team to beat them all year, Springboro. Unfortunately, the result was not any better this time around as it was the last time they played as the Panthers used a strong fourth quarter to post a 47-37 win.
Now 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NL East play, the girls play their third game of the Hoops 4 Pink Tourney tonight at 5:30 when they face Winchester Community High School from Winchester, Indiana.