PNT Staff Report
ALBUQUERQUE — The toughest part of the Elida Lady Tigers (22-4) first-round match in the 1A state basketball tournament was apparently the bus ride back without a heater.
The District 2 champion Tohajilee Lady Warriors (16-4) found themselves outmatched by District 4 runnerup Elida Friday in Albuquerque. Elida rode a 25-5 scoring advantage in the third quarter to a 75-49 victory to advance to the state semifinal next week in Albuquerque.
Elida coach Dan Howard said having his whole team come out aggressive from the start made the difference in the contest.
“We knew they could shoot the three,” Howard said. “We kept their (Tohajilee’s) looks to a minimum. They didn’t get very many chances.”
Howard said his team’s defense stepped up to what he asked — keeping Lady Warrior shooting guard Tenise Garcia in check. Garcia ended the game with 14.
Elida freshman Shanna Anthony led all scorers with 20 points, while Nicole Jasso scored 15 and Lindsey Bob Smith added 12.
“I think we really ran the ball well,” Smith said. “We played as a team. We were just really focused and ready to play.”