In a battle of conference foes, it was a quick start Tuesday night by the Thayer Central Lady Titans that boosted the home team to a 62-31 victory against Wilber-Clatonia in the final game for both squads before the Christmas break.
A 7-0 run over a three minute span in the opening quarter put Thayer Central in the driver's seat up, 9-2.
Despite holding a 12-4 lead after one quarter, Thayer Central missed several scoring opportunities which could have given the Lady Titans a double-digit lead.
In the second quarter, Thayer Central's offense got rolling, as five cagers combined to tally 14 points; led by Sydny Havel chalking up four points.
The Lady Titans concluded the second quarter on a 5-0 run to stretch their lead at half to 26-11.
Disrupted by an aggressive defense, the Lady Wolverines struggled with its shooting and turnovers in the third quarter.
As a result, Thayer Central paced by six points from Havel, and four points by Grace Souerdyke and Stephanie Meyer extended its lead to 45-17 thanks to a 19-7 scoring advantage.
Thayer Central continued to dominate in the fourth quarter nailing five two-point hoops, and one three-point basket to increase its final margin to 31 points.
Thayer Central Lady Titans head coach Andy Long was pleased with the girls play, especially in the second half.
“In the second half, I thought the girls came out focused and played with a little more passion and were pretty sharp on both sides of the ball,”Long replied.
“I felt our first half we weren't as sharp as we wanted to be. We have had a rough stretch playing Fillmore Central, Heartland, and Fairbury the last few games, and I think the kids were beaten down from that,”Long commented.
“We did a much better job of attacking the basket in the second half. We told the girls at halftime to look for our posts if they didn't have anything to kick the ball back out. I believe our man-to-man defense was much better in the second half which also helped out,”Long noted.
Grace Souerdyke topped the Lady Titans (2-5) with a game-high 16 points, Havel, 14 points, Jena Cottam and Chloe Souerdyke, eight points each, Meyer, seven points, Katelyn Richardson, four points, Jayden Leonard, three points with two points scored by Bailey Kiburz.
Wilber-Clatonia (0-7) was paced in scoring by Megan Tinsley with 11 points, Rylee Hayek, nine points, Tia Kreshel, six points, Shaylee Bloom, two points, and Korbyn Moldenhauer tallied one point.