It was pick your poison for the Floyd girls, and House didn’t have enough poison for the final three quarters.
The Floyd Lady Broncos battled back from an early deficit and outscored House 59-26 over the final three quarters for an easy 69-40 victory in the first round of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday at San Jon.
Darcee Chenault scored 19 points to lead three in double figures for Floyd, which is off until Friday. Blair Jaramillo and Kelli Johnson each had 11 points, and Lady Bronco coach Cody May said 10 of the 11 players who saw time scored.
The biggest key, May said, was switching from a pressure defense to a man-to-man to negate the quickness of House’s Sara Lee, who scored 11 points.
“She broke through our press pretty easily,” May said of Lee, “so when we went away from our press and went man-to-man, that’s when we did a better job.”
Instead, House had to depend on an inside game, and Shelby McElroy picked up the slack with 18 points for the Cowgirls.
Floyd (4-4) puts itself in good position for the tournament. Floyd awaits the winner of today’s game between top seed Elida and Grady, which defeated Dora 60-17.
Elida and Grady meet today in San Jon at 3:05 p.m., with the winner facing Floyd in a 2:30 p.m. game Friday at Greyhound Arena.
“We don’t have to travel any more,” May said. “It gives us a couple of days to prepare for that Friday game. That would be a big plus for this team.”
Today’s girls games include Elida facing Grady and Texico facing Logan.
San Jon 56, Floyd boys 45
The Floyd boys fell victim to a 15-8 third quarter for San Jon, which was playing in front of the home crowd to earn the victory.
“We didn’t play very well the whole game,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “We didn’t play very good defense at all. It just wasn’t a good effort.”
Kyle Kropf had 15 to lead three in double figures for Floyd (3-7). Brad Lee scored 12 and Jesus Davalos added 10 for the Broncos.
Floyd will play Thursday against Elida in a 4:45 p.m. game. The Tigers lost a 62-52 decision to Texico in a game that saw Texico nearly lose a 19-point lead in the second half.
“We basically have to be able to stop their shooters,” Roybal said of the Tigers. “(Wesley) Gilmore shoots well and they had a lot of other kids shoot well the last time we played them.”
Today’s boys games pit Dora against San Jon and Logan against Melrose.