No. 1 Eagles ready to face Area after win vs. Carl Albert
Midway through the third quarter, it looked like Class 5A No. 1 Eisenhower girls were just looking to survive against No. 14 Carl Albert and advance to Thursday's Area Tournament.
It would be tough to blame them. The Eagles were the superior team on Monday, and it shouldn't have taken max effort to put away the Titans.
But the Titans kept hanging around, so the Eagles decided to turn it on.
Suffocating defense and endless number of transition opportunities flipped a 35-26 game into a 59-36 rout and regional title for Eisenhower (17-6).
"They're really athletic, and they have a lot of tradition," Eisenhower head coach Daniel Wall said. "I told our girls they weren't going to be intimidated. They're well-coached. We got in some foul trouble, but we showed a lot of resiliency in getting through that and pulling away."
The 23-10 run was fueled in part by lockdown perimeter defense and a whole lot of senior center Jaeda Reed. The Texas State-commit eventually wore down the much smaller Titans and dropped 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.
She had just one field goal the first three quarters.