Varsity Girls Basketball · Lady Elks Awaken in Second Half to Pull Away From Vikings

The girls varsity basketball team continued their pursuit of an NL East division title lat night by hosting the Miamisburg Vikings in a crossover game right here at CHS.  The girls, ranked fifth in the state in the first poll of the season released Tuesday, were looking to remain unbeaten on the year in league play and in games played against in-state competition.

As the game got underway, both teams struggled to score out of the gate and the Elks had a 6-point lead, 11-5, after eight minutes of play.  The offensive struggles continued in the second quarter, especially for the Elks, as they continued to get open shots, but could not get anything to fall.  With less than a minute left in the first half, the Vikings scored to tie the game at 15.  Sensational sophomore point guard Amy Velasco hit a jumper from the baseline with less than five seconds left in the first half to send the home team to the locker room with a two-point lead, 17-15.  Sensing the urgency coming out of the locker room, the girls continued to harass the Vikings defensively and began to hit some shots to start pulling away.  The result was a 20-7 scoring advantage to push the lead to 15, 37-22, after three quarters.  In the final quarter of play, the defense continued to stymie the Vikings and the Elks got a couple of big three-pointers from sophomore Kenzie Smith en route to a 15-7 scoring advantage which resulted in a 52-29 win.

The leading scorers for the Elks last night were the two sophomores, Velasco and Smith.  Amy led the way with 14 and Kenzie added 12,

In the first game of the night, the freshman team roared to a 15-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 34-22 win over Springboro.  Isabelle Laidly led the way with 12 points and was joined in double figures by Megan Taylor, who had 10.  In the middle game, the JV team jumped out to a big lead early and rolled to a 47-12 win.  Two freshman led the way for the JV team as Quinn Watercutter had 12 and Molly Scott added 11.

Now 13-1 overall and 6-0 in NL East play, the girls are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Cincinnati to take on third ranked Mount Notre Dame.  The freshman game tips off at 10:00 AM, the JV game at 11:30 AM and the varsity game at 1:00 PM.