The Ashland Bluejays girls basketball team took care of business in Saturday’s 2019 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament game, beating the Fowler Goldbugs 53-21.

Ashland took an 11-5 lead into the second quarter, a 25-9 lead into halftime and a 39-19 lead into the third.

“We played alright,” Ashland coach Ben Fox said.

For Fowler, senior Savannah Bollinger had a team-high 11 points. Sophomore Odalis Castillo had 6, senior Emie Carrillo had 3 and senior Alexa Snook had 1.

For Ashland, sophomore McKenzie Cramer had a game-high 15 points. Junior Reese Grigsby had 11.

Fox said the team was running a new wide-open, pressing, zone.

“It kind of took a little bit to get the rotation,” Fox said. “I tell them ‘Everybody is going to attack it differently,’ and so we’re going to have to make adjustments and have to make them a little bit quicker, probably, in the rest of our games, but we were alright.”

He said he got onto the team about attacking the basket more after the first quarter, and they did.

Overall, he said he was happy with the way his team played. They narrowly lost to No. 6 seeded Ingalls Jan. 18 in a play-in game by a score of 55-48.

In that game, Fox said Ashland led for three and a half quarters, but maybe their inexperience finishing games hurt them, particularly against a good Ingalls team that sometimes is one of the top four seeded teams in the League Tournament.

“Games like this kind of show that we can finish,” Fox said.

Hopefully they can carry that into future games, he said.