ANDERSON, IN – Alexandria managed to keep their composure in a game that rivaled a WWE Cage Match Tuesday night on their way to 61-30 win over Anderson Preparatory Academy. The victory was Alexandria’s second varsity win of the season, and came when the team really needed to get back into the win column.
“We have to stay disciplined in what we do,” said Alexandria Coach Tina Bolte referring to some of the things she hit on with her team prior to the game. “If you let it get into the kind of game that they want, they are very good at their game, and if you let it get to be that type of game they will win that style. We didn’t want to play that way. We wanted to be more disciplined. I thought our defense stayed focused and the offense just took care of itself tonight.”
The tempo and physicality of the game almost got out of control at times. APA was whistled for two technical fouls, had two players foul out of the game, and also had three fans ejected at different times. The Lady Tigers did not let any of these bother them throughout the game as they led from start to finish.
The Lady Tigers led 15-10 after the first quarter, and pushed their lead to 27-17 at the half.
“At half-time, our goal was not to let them score more than 30 points,” Bolte said. “So that was something I could keep coming back to in the game, at time-outs and things like that, and gave them some things to focus on. That was a good goal for us to have, and to talk about, and to be able to execute.”
With Alexandria leading from the start, and seeing that lead really grow in the second half, Bolte took advantage of the opportunity to get maximum playing time for all of her players.
“This was a great game for our younger kids to get some experience,” added Bolte, “and it was actually a very tough atmosphere. I am extra proud of the effort they put in, and the fact they all stayed disciplined.”
Peyton Quinn led the Tigers with 16 points, five assists, five steals and one rebound. Morgan Oliver finished with a varsity career-high of 12 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Courtney Skinner had nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. Kelsey Crisp added seven points, five rebounds and five assists. Desirae Litchfield had four points, three rebounds and one steal. Paxton Quinn had six points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. Carlee Wihebrink had three points, eight rebounds and six steals. Presley England finished with four points and three rebounds. Kennedy Aiman added two rebounds. APA got a team-high 14 points from Justice Stephens. No other Jet player scored more than four points.
When asked about the contributions she got outside of the normal, Bolte commented on the play she got from sophomore Morgan Oliver. “Point guard is a tough spot to learn,” she said. “You are going to get knocked around, and make mistakes and everyone sees that. So to come out here and give the performance she had tonight is definitely a mark of improvement for us.”
Alexandria (2-9, 0-3 in CIC) will be back in action Dec. 26th when they travel to Shenandoah.