City hoops season tips off with wins
Eisenhower swept Wichita Falls-Hirschi in its basketball season-opener, played at Cameron's Aggie Gym, Tuesday night.
Crystal Polk was one rebound and one block away from recording a triple-double in the Eagles' 73-46 win.
"We know that we've got to get her touching the ball," Ike head coach Shawn DeIorio said of Polk. "When she's touching the ball, we're going to be more successful that way."
Polk finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks.
The senior, who is committed to the University of Tulsa to play basketball next season, was at her best early on and that's when the Eagles needed her. She scored 10 of Ike's 12 points in the first quarter, helping the Eagles battle back from the only deficit they saw and lead 12-11 after one.
If there was any rust holding the Eagles back in the first, it quickly vanished to start the second. Ike jumped out to a 12-2 run, forcing Hirschi into a timeout as the Eagles increased their lead to 11.
The Eagles parlayed high pressure in the backcourt into transition scoring while Polk anchored the paint.
Polk imposed her will during the second quarter mostly on the defensive end, blocking four shots as the Eagles outscored Hirschi 18-7 to take a 30-18 lead into the half.
Senior Sydney Ellis took over for Ike in the third quarter as it began to run away with the game.
Ellis had nine points, five assists and two steals in the quarter as Ike went up 53-25 heading into the fourth.
"Sydney's defense is phenomenal," DeIorio said. "I'm really pleased with her, she's really grown to be a great athlete. She works hard, she's a gym rat and she's always trying to get better."
Ellis finished the night with 18 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Briana Gilder was also relentless with her defense in the backcourt alongside Ellis. She also had four steals to go with 14 points.
The Eagles likely didn't even show their best basketball in the big win as they made just one 3-pointer on the night and DeIorio expects the outside shooting to be more prolific as the season goes on.