WASHINGTON — The “Runnin’ Rockets” were at it again Monday night in Washington as they used their speed and defensive presence to subdue the Washington Demons, 58-27. Friday night EBF blitzed Lynnville-Sully 72-39 and they used the same script in Washington.
That script included a defense that picked the pockets of the Demons for 25 steals. Many of those steals were converted into easy baskets at the other end of the floor. Also included in the script was a passing game that distributed the ball for a balanced scoring attack.
Leading the scoring parade for EBF was Molly Shafer with 16 points and 13 of those points came in the first half. Ruth E Gutch was next in line with 11 points and crafty point guard, Ava Eastlick, chipped in with 10 points. Aliya Wagamon was close to double digits with nine points and she led the Rockets on the glass with nine rebounds. Eastlick and Shafer created havoc with the Demon offense as they picked off seven and six steals, respectively. Whitney Klyn dished out four assists to lead her team while Sarah Schutt and Eastlick handed out three dimes each.
As the game began, the Rockets had a little trouble finding the hoop and trailed the Demons by a 3-2 score after three minutes of play. But then EBF hit a 9-0 run to take command. Eastlick started the run with a pair of free throws, Wagamon and Schutt each scored on break away baskets, Shafer added a free throw and Eastlick dug out a steal and took it to the rack.
The Rockets used another big run midway through the second stanza on their way to a 30-15 halftime lead. In that 10-point run, Wagamon got things rolling with three free throws, Schutt put a rebound back for two, Shafer converted a conventional three point play on the inside and then she finished the run with a bucket in the lane.
The Demons could not find an answer in the second half and the Rockets put the game on ice with a 13-0 run to finish the third period with a 45-17 lead. The final eight minutes gave some playing time to the reserves as EBF coasted into the winners circle with a 58-27 win.
“This was a ragged and physical game,” Rocket coach Tony Fenton said. “We did the job on defense to control the game. We play tomorrow night, so we backed off a little. We missed too many shots, especially early in the game, and our passing must improve.”
The 2-0 Rockets host Pleasantville Tuesday night and then will travel to Albia on Dec. 3.
EBF 11 19 15 13 - 58
Washington 6 9 2 10 - 27
Scoring (FG/FTM/FTA/Pts): Molly Shafer 6 4/8 16, Whitney Klyn 2 0/0 4, Ava Eastlick 3 4/5 10, Sarah Schutt 2 0/0 4, Makia Sinnif 0 2/2 2, Ruth E Gutch 5 1/1 11, Aliya Wagamon 3 3/6 9, Kaydon Paris 1 0/0 2. Team 22 14/22 58.
Rebounds: (29) Wagamon 9, Schutt 7, Klyn 5, Eastlick 3, Shafer 2, Gutch 2, Sinnif 1.
Steals: (25) Eastlick 7, Shafer 6, Klyn 4, Gutch 3, Schutt 2, Wagamon 1, Sinnif 1, Paris 1.
Assists: (14) Klyn 4, Schutt 3, Eastlick 3, Shafer 2, Wagamon 1, Sinnif 1.