Elgin gets sweep of Duncan
ELGIN Bring out the brooms. Both Elgin basketball teams breezed by Duncan with relative ease on Friday night, as each highly-ranked Owl squad improved to 6-1 on the young season.
Behind a flurry of second half 3-pointers from Paige Pendley, the seventh-ranked Elgin girls went on a 27-2 second half run en route to a 57-33 victory over Duncan.
"We're 6-1 at the break, but I told them we can't be satisfied," Elgin girls coach Brett Tahah said. "I felt like tonight we played a little satisfied. We have to stay hungry because every team is going to give us their best game because we're Elgin."
Meanwhile, the Elgin boys, also ranked seventh in Class 4A, overcame a rough first quarter, closed out and clamped down on Demon perimeter shooters before pulling away for a 62-47 win over No. 14 Duncan (5A).
Elgin is off until the Clinton Tournament the first weekend of January while the Demons host the Duncan Holiday Invitational at the end of the month.
Once the defensive intensity showed up, the scoreboard follwoed suit in Elgin's 57-33 win over Duncan.
"Our defensive intensity wasn't there at the start," coach Tahah said. "In between the first and second quarter, we talked about needing to lock in on defense."
Only up 16-12 at the end of the first and looking shaky defensively, the Lady Owls held the Demons to just one lone field goal in the second and third quarters combined. It's one of the team goals to hold the opposition to less than 10 points each quarter.
Duncan only scored 10 points combined in the second and third quarter. Mission accomplished.
"One thing we're trying to learn right now is our defense can lead to offense, and that's something we struggle with a bit," Tahah said. "Once we figure out if we lock in on defense, our offense will come and we'll explode in a lot of other ways."
Elgin exploded offensively in the second half when Paige Pendley, who led the Owls with 23 points, sank all five of her 3-pointers during Elgin's 27-2 run to seize control.
"We weren't talking on defense and I knew we needed something big to keep us going," Pendley said. "Hitting those first few got us in the motions and got some big things going in the second half by starting out hot."
Pendley buried a wing 3-pointer just seconds before the third quarter buzzer, giving Elgin a commanding 43-22 lead in a game that was close just minutes earlier with Duncan trailing by only six points.
"We didn't get in position to cover Pendley," Duncan coach Mike Fitts said. "If we're there and we have a hand in her face and she still scores 20, we can live with that. It's another thing when we leave her wide-open like that."
Christina Jenkins, who was also in a groove, scored 14 points thanks to her silky-smooth mid-range jumpshots.