Girls basketball: Cypress Falls shuts down Elsik
Tough inside defense helped Cypress Falls grab a 45-31 win over host Elsik Tuesday.
The Eagles (10-0) were impressive in the first quarter, grabbing six steals and turning them into a 12-2 lead.
Elsik never got its offense off track in the first half. Forced primarily into low percentage shots, the Rams made just three baskets in 31 attempts and went into halftime trailing 24-9.
"We've been talking all year about how defense really makes us go," Cy Falls coach Jim Stephens said. "Our players have bought into it. They communicate, help and work hard together."
Kit Metoyer and Sadalia Ellis had two steals apiece in the first four minutes as the Eagles scored the first 10 points of the game.
Ellis had 14 of her game total of 16 points in the first half. Many of those scores came off transition as Cy Falls took rebounds or turnovers and pushed them the other way.
Larissa Scott was a force for the Eagles inside as she grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
"We didn't shoot it very well from the perimeter, But we got some (points) in transition and inside," Stephens said. "That helped us maintain the run."
Cy Falls led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter before Elsik scored the final 14 points of the contest.
Elsik had little success offensively until the final minutes, but did get a good defensive effort from Akunna Elonu, who finished with eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Tuesday's win at Elsik was another challenge conquered by Cy Falls, which has played just two home games so far this season.
"We're really proud that we've won on the road," Stephens said. "That says a lot about our girls and their character and fortitude. They keep battling and doing what they have to do to win."