With a young team with talent, one aspect that is only learned with experience is to not the thought of any game being an easy win get into the players heads.
The Cimarron Lady Bluejays had that happen in the first half in their Hi-Plains League against Elkhart, but a halftime discussion got the visitors back on track in a 64-46 victory to improve to 6-0 on the season.
"We're in the break where we have the record we wanted and how we wanted to be on the floor," said Cimarron head coach David Ediger. "The one thing our girls have to learn is to come out of the locker room ready to play. The girls are working extremely hard, but sometimes they think a game is going to be easy. That comes with a young team that is getting used to the varsity level."
The Bluejays lead 28-22 at halftime over the Wildcats as Cimarron looked at a box-and-one defense as Elkhart made sure to have a player on Morgan Ediger at all times. The plan backfired as Ashtynn Burns scored 11 points in the second quarter and eight in the third to lead the Cimarron attack.
Cimarron's defense also clamped down after intermission, allowing only two field goals as the Bluejays outscored Elkhart 23-6 in the third quarter.
"We played defense and better care of the ball. That was the difference between that and the first half," Ediger said. "We played as bad as we could in the first half. We turned it over too much and didn't play defense that well. I think some of it was that we have played so many games and part was we didn't come ready to play and I think our girls thought it would be an easier game to play."
Burns scored 23 points and Eva Koopman added 14 in the victory. Rebecca Dupree added nine and Ediger eight in the contest.
CIMARRON (64) -- Rebecca Dupree 9, Ashtynn Burns 23, Kari Blattner 4, Hailee Hoskinson 6, Morgan Ediger 8, Eva Koopman 14. Totals 22 16-22 64.
ELKHART (46) -- Kali Hoskinson 10, Victoria Fullerton 14, Keyah Richardson 2, Miranda Brewer 11, Dannah White 5, Jentry Strothman 4. Totals 16 11-23 46.
Cimarron 10 18 23 13 -- 64
Elkhart 7 15 6 18 -- 46
Three-point baskets -- Cimarron 4 (Burns 2, Blattner 1, Ediger 1), Elkhart 3 (Hoskinson 1, Fullerton 2). Records -- Cimarron 6-0, Elkhart 3-2.
Cimarron 64, Elkhart 56
ELKHART -- Stewart Fairbank scored nine of his 11 points in a 26-point final quarter as the Bluejays beat the Wildcats to complete the Hi-Plains League basketball sweep.
Cimarron (4-2) only led by one going into the final quarter before taking control of the game with the offensive output, including 11 made free throws in the effort. Four players scored in double figures for the Bluejays with Ted Boersma leading the way with 13 points. Alex Neuschafer and Fairbank scored 11 points apiece and Christian Fischer added 10 in the final game before the holiday break for the Bluejays.
Page 2 of 2 - Alex Gomez led Elkhart (1-4) in scoring with 19 points, while Brendan Carter added 12 and Wes Higgins 10 for the home team.
CIMARRON (64) -- Caleb Fischer 8, Christian Fischer 10, Ted Boersma 13, Stewart Fairbank 11, Alex Neuschafer 11, Ty Clark 2, Tanner Toothaker 1, Josh Meis 8. Totals 22 15-27 64.
ELKHART (56) -- Brendan Carter 12, Izzy Barco 9, Alex Gomez 19, Braden Harbour 6, Wes Higgins 10. Totals 20 11-16 56.
Cimarron 14 14 10 26 -- 64
Elkhart 18 7 12 19 -- 56
Three-point baskets -- Cimarron 5 (Cal. Fischer 2, Ch. Fischer 1, Boersma 1, Fairbank 1), Elkhart 5 (Carter 1, Barco 1, Gomez 3). Records -- Cimarron 4-2, Elkhart 1-4.