CABOOL — Alexa Ichord’s career night led the Houston Lady Tigers to an easy road win.
Ichord poured in a career-best 27 points and freshman Kylee Elmore hit four 3-pointers as Houston downed Cabool 59-43 Tuesday night.
Ichord’s 12 field goals accounted for half of Houston’s team total and nearly matched Cabool’s 15.
“She played the game of her career,” HHS coach Brent Kell said.
Kell said his team is much better when Ichord asserts herself.
“You wonder what makes her tick,” Kell said. “Sometimes it looks like she’s not there and other times she is the best player on the floor.
“She has a ton of ability. If she ever decides she wants to play as hard as she can every night, she is going to be a really good player.”
Elmore scored 18 points as the only other player in double figures. Kenzie Scheets had six points and Elizabeth Hayes added five.
The game, which was scheduled to be played Monday, was pushed back one day due to inclement weather. It was the first of a tripleheader that included the junior varsity and varsity boys’ teams.
The Lady Tigers (8-13, 2-4 South Central Association) struggled early against Cabool’s fullcourt pressure and trailed 7-2 following Jamie Reaves’ basket.
Once Houston figured out the pressure, the Lady Tigers quickly began pulling away.
Elmore hit a jumper and 3-pointer during a quick 12-3 run that gave HHS a 15-10 advantage after the first quarter. The lead was eight at the half and grew to 14 on Elmore’s triple 2 minutes, 29 seconds into the third quarter.
“Cabool puts a lot of pressure on you,” Kell said. “I thought our kids handled it well. We got the ball into the middle and when you get it there, good things are going to happen.”
On Friday, Ichord scored 13 and Elmore had 10 in the Lady Tigers’ 47-32 loss at Plato.
Kaylea Kimrey scored a game-high 19 points for Plato, which led padded a two-point halftime lead with a 14-7 advantage in the third quarter. Lexis McNiel added 13 points.
HOUSTON (59) — Alexa Ichord 27. Kylee Elmore 18. Kenzie Scheets6. Kayla Herndon 3. Elizabeth Hayes 5. FG 24. FT 7-11. F 16.(3-pointers: Elmore 4. Fouled out: none).
CABOOL (43) — Taylor Coen 4. Lydia Whetstine 6. Sarah Gray 6.Jamie Reaves 20. Megan Smith 7. FG 15. FT 10-16. F 13. (3-pointers:Whetstine 2. Fouled out: none).
HOUSTON (32) — Alexa Ichord 13. Kylee Elmore 10. Kenzie Scheets4. Amber Sillyman 4. Elizabeth Hayes 7. FG 16. FT 4-8. F 20.(3-pointers: Elmore 2. Fouled out: none).
PLATO (47) — Lexis McNiel 13. Kendra Crewse 6. Becca Baker 4.Kaylea Kimrey 19. Tia Fletcher 5. FG 14. FT 16-22. F 11.(3-pointers: McNiel, Kimrey, Fletcher. Fouled out: none).