Whipping up on the Trojans
Girls snatch 46-28 win over Tonganoxie
De Soto mixed in a lot of pressure defense with balanced scoring and came up with a winning combination Monday in opening round action at the Louisburg Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The Wildcats applied pressure defense from the start and came up with a 46-28 win after forcing the Trojans into seven first-period turnovers and just 25-percent shooting from the floor during the same time span.
"We talked about opening with pressure and setting the tone," De Soto coach Dwight Spencer said. "That way we could get the kids into the flow of the game earlier than normal. The kids were excited about it, but we worried about foul trouble because we're not real deep."
De Soto spread the wealth and used a balanced scoring attack to keep the Trojans off balance.
Emily Holton led the way with 12 points and connected on all four of her free throw attempts. Allie Heinen, who had just four points going into the fourth period, and Katie Davis chipped in 10 points each.
"If we can keep the other girls scoring like they did tonight, we'll be able to put up some numbers," Spencer said.
Unlike its foe, De Soto was able to crank up its offense early in the game's first eight minutes.
The Wildcats earned a couple of easy baskets early by pounding the ball inside. Heinen had a hand in both of De Soto's first two scores.
Heinen scored first for De Soto when Davis found her open under the basket on an inbounds pass. Heinen then found Holton open under the basket for an easy layup and a 4-0 Wildcat lead with 6:28 left in the opening stanza.
Davis scored four points on a jumper and a steal and layup, while Holton hit a turnaround jump shot as the Wildcats started the game with a 10-0 run.
Osawatomie finally got on the board when Jessica Jones scored following an offensive rebound. Her ensuing free throw was good, and the Trojans cut the deficit to 10-3 with 1:44 left in the period.
Laurie Wilson and Holton out-scored the Trojans by a 6-4 margin the rest of the period, giving De Soto a 16-7 advantage going into the second period.
Wilson's scores came on a jumper and a putback following an offensive rebound. Holton grabbed an offensive rebound and layed in the put back for her score in the run.
The Wildcats started the second period with an 8-2 run to building their lead to 24-9 with 3:17 left in the first half.
Osawatomie tended the first half with a shot off an offensive rebound by Jade Barnes and a pair of free throws from Samantha Troutman, cutting the deficit to 24-13.
Neither team shot particularly well in the second frame, but De Soto held the Trojans to just 1-of-11 shooting from the floor. The Trojans didn't score their first field goal of the period until 2:18 remained before intermission.
The Wildcats took a 34-20 lead into the fourth period after they scored the final four points of the third period on a pair of free throws from Becca Davis and a layup by Lisa Lambert.
De Soto took its biggest lead of the game at 44-22 with 3:38 left in the game when the Wildcats started to work the ball inside and scored 10 straight points.
Heinen and Holton capped the run by hitting six straight free throws. Heinen also had the other two scores on a layup following the assist from Julie Beck and an offensive rebound and putback.
De Soto shot 37 percent from the floor for the game, while allowing the Trojans to connect on 9-of-38 (23.7 percent) field goals.
The Wildcats connected on 10-of-14 free throws on the night, compared to just 10-of-17 shooting from Osawatomie.
Katie Davis and Lisa Lambert led the Wildcats with seven and six rebounds, respectively, as the Wildcats out-rebounded the Trojans by a 36-31 margin. Heinen and Holton each contributed five rebounds.
Jones and Barnes led the rebounding for Osawatomie with seven caroms apiece.
De Soto, 7-2, played Mill Valley, a team it has already defeated twice this season, in second-round action Wednesday. The Wildcats play for the tournament championship or in the third-place game Saturday at Louisburg High School.