With one steal and layup from Jasmine Kilgore, it was hinted this holiday tournament would end much differently for Cross Creek.
Bolstered by its defensive pressure, the Cross Creek girls basketball team routed Lakeside, 64-33, in Thursday evening’s girls championship game of the Robolli’s Christmas Tournament at Evans.
The Lady Razorbacks’ win comes a little more than a week after they suffered their first defeat in a loss to Laney in the Holiday Round Ball Classic final.
“That gives confidence for us,” Cross Creek coach Kim Schlein said. “I knew we could pressure them with our defense.”
“I told the girls in the locker room, we’re not going to see a more athletic team in region play,” Lady Panthers coach Jody Hilley said of Cross Creek.
Cross Creek used a 14-0 run in the first half and an 11-0 run in the third quarter to move ahead comfortably as Ashleigh Outler’s 21 points led all scorers.
With quick hands forcing steals and transition opportunities, Tia Pullens scored twice in layups during the first huge run, which helped hand Cross Creek a 30-18 halftime edge.
Besides the easy scores after Lakeside misses or mistakes, the Lady Razorbacks also stretched out the defense with long jumpers, as Outler posted 11 points in the opening half, with most of her baskets coming just inside the 3-point line.
Outler was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
“We shot the ball pretty well tonight,” Schlein said. “The shooting was a big factor.”
Though Cassie Bryant scored five consecutive points in the contest and combined with Rosalyn Talley for 18 points, the Lady Panthers often saw possessions end with blocked shots and stolen or poor passes.
While Lakeside scored in double figures in just one quarter, the 11-0 spurt in the third ensured the game would end in a rout in the Lady Razorbacks’ favor.
Kilgore scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half.