The Houston Lady Tigers’ inside-out approach led to a season-high point total. More importantly, it gave the team another win.
With freshman Kylee Elmore hot from the perimeter and teammates Alexa Ichord, Kenzie Scheets and Elizabeth Hayes patrolling the interior, the Lady Tigers erased an early deficit Monday night and knocked off Newburg 72-60 inside Hiett Gymnasium.
Houston’s foursome was just enough to offset Newburg’s Hannah Yelton, who drained nine 3-pointers and scored 40 points. Elmore hit five 3s of her own en route to a career-best 21 points and was joined in double figures by Ichord (18), Scheets (16) and Hayes (11).
The Lady Tigers (2-3) averaged 42.3 points through their first fourgames before finding their offensive groove against Newburg.
“We’ve got that kind of potential in us if we can keep from turning it over,” HHS coach Brent Kell said of his team, which committed just nine turnovers.
Things began clicking for the Lady Tigers after a sluggish start.
Once behind 8-2 and trailing by as many as eight points midway through the first quarter, Houston pulled within three after the opening eight minutes before an 18-2 run gave the Lady Tigers a double-digit advantage.
Scheets, a junior, was the catalyst for Houston’s spurt. She had a jumper, conventional three-point play and three free throws to stake her team to a lead.
She scored 12 of her career-best point total in the first half.
“Kenzie really gave us a spark,” Kell said. “It’s great to see a kid that works that hard get some recognition and glory out of it.”
The Lady Tigers, who led by 12 after Elmore’s triple from the right corner with 58 seconds left in the half, held a double-digit advantage through most of the third and fourth quarters.
Elmore connected three times from long distance in the fourth quarter to keep Newburg from pulling closer.
“We hit the high post and let Lizzie make a decision about kicking it left or right,” Kell said. “I thought we made good decisions about kicking it to our shooters when the defense collapsed.”
On Saturday, Ichord scored 13 points in a 50-37 home loss to rival Licking. She was the lone Lady Tiger in double figures.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Sierra Weaver scored 16 points and Maddie Vandiver added 13 in the JV Lady Tigers’ 47-10 romp Monday of Newburg.
On Saturday, Kaylea Preheim scored eight points in a 37-27 loss to Licking.
NEWBURG (60) — Richardson 3. Austin 5. Yelton 40. Jordan 1. Friend 7. Sands 2. McKeever 2. FG 19. FT 12-15. F 22. (3-pointers: Yelton 9, Friend. Fouled out: Austin).
HOUSTON (72) — Alexa Ichord 18. Kylee Elmore 21. Kenzie Scheets 16. Amber Sillyman 3. Haylee Kell 2. Sydney Cremer 1. Elizabeth Hayes 11. FG 26. FT 13-24. F 16. (3-pointers: Elmore 5, Scheets, Sillyman. Fouled out: none).
LICKING (50) — ESmith 10. Cook 8. MSmith 17. Osborne 11. Hebblethwaite 2. Cook 2. FG 16. FT 16-26. F 15. (3-pointers: ESmith, MSmith. Fouled out: Cook).
HOUSTON (37) — Alexa Ichord 13. Kylee Elmore 4. Kenzie Scheets 4. Amber Sillyman 7. Haylee Kell 2. Elizabeth Hayes 7. FG 13. FT 10-18. F 23. (3-pointers: Sillyman. Fouled out: Ichord).
HOUSTON (47) — Maggie Shelton 2. Sierra Weaver 16. Maddie Vandiver 13. Olivia Woosley 2. Kayla Herndon 2. Kaylea Preheim 6. Nora Dixon 6. FG 23. FT 1-3. F 11. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
HOUSTON (27) — Sierra Weaver 2. Maddie Vandiver 2. Olivia Woosley 5. Sydney Cremer 2. Kaylea Preheim 8. Nora Dixon 6. Megan Silveus 2. FG 8. FT 11-18. F 21. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Preheim).