By Malcolm Butler
Cedar Creek saw three players score in double figures as the Lady Cougars cruised to a 54-14 win over Calvin in the opening round of the Neill Killgore Memorial Tournament at the Brickhouse Thursday night.
Allie Furr scored 16 points and added six steals, Lizzie McAdams added 14 points and nine rebounds and Elli Dickerson chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds as the Lady Cougars led from start to finish.
“I liked that we came out ready to play,” said Cedar Creek head coach Gene Vandenlangenberg. “Our girls were trying hard. We were probably a little too amped up early. We struggled to score points early, but the effort and energy was phenomenal.”
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the end of the first quarter behind five points from Dickerson and four by Furr. The advantage ballooned to 33-8 at halftime as McAdams scored 10 points and Furr added eight in the 20-point second quarter by the Lady Cougars.
“Well it makes us harder to defend when we have multiple players scoring in double figures,” Vandenlangenberg said. “You can’t just focus on one person. I like where we are going. I think our chemistry is good. We are playing hard. I am seeing some players that are really stepping up their game, taking it to another level. I am excited about our potential. We just have to continue to work to get better.”
Lillian Soto only scored two points, but the Lady Cougars inside force added 14 rebounds and six steals in the game, drawing some praise from her head coach.
“I thought Lillie Soto in the middle played a great game for us defensively,” said Vandenlangenberg. “She got her hands on a lot of passes. If she didn’t get a steal then she deflected the ball. Elli Dickerson had12 points tonight. I thought our inside posts did well. Allie gave us another great performance.”
Furr and Dickerson combined for 11 points in the third quarter as the Creek advantage increased to over 35 points, thus forcing a running clock for the entirety of the fourth quarter.
“I thought we had some first round (of our home tournament) type jitters, but we settled down and played really well,” said Vandenlangenberg.
Creek will face Lincoln Prep tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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