Polk pounds Lady Trojans
The Chase Lady Trojans fell victim to long runs and numerous turnovers as they were doubled up by Polk County 70-35 Wednesday night. The loss is the fourth in a row for Chase after they started the season 2-0.
“We have to cut down on turnovers,” said head coach Todd Davis. “We had way too many. The key is to find someone to handle the ball besides Kendra [Holcombe] because teams will just press us all game long."
Both teams struggled from the field to start the contest.
The first field goal did not come until the 5:20 mark when Polk’s Kara Overholt hit a layup. Amber Lynch buried a three and Overholt did the same as Polk led 8-0.
Chase answered with a 5-0 run on a Kendra Holcombe three and a Takirah McKinney layup to cut the deficit to 8-5.
Polk went to a trap and began to turn the Lady Trojans over. As a result, Polk finished the quarter on a 10-2 run and led 18-7.
Polk’s Hayley Kropp opened the second quarter with an old fashioned three point play, but Kaitlyn Smart had one of her own moments later.
Smart was the only bright spot for Chase in the quarter as she garnered all eight Lady Trojan points in the frame.
Chase had trouble finding offense from other sources as the Polk County trap continued to cause havoc. That resulted in easy buckets. Kropp was the main beneficiary of these miscues as she led her team to a 39-15 halftime lead.
The situation did not improve for Chase in the third quarter as the turnovers continued.
The Lady Trojan defense tightened considerably as they forced Polk to most of their damage from the foul line.
Savannah Deaver was 6-8 from the charity stripe in the quarter and her teammates also paraded to the line. Even with the increased defense though the offense continued to struggle with only five points in the quarter and trailed 52-30.
Chase finally found their stroke in the final quarter.
Holcombe buried a pair of shots from beyond the arc and Eisha Caban also connected on a three.
The effort came far too late though as Chase fell 70-35.
"The girls didn’t quit and I’m proud of that,” said Davis. “One we were able to get into our offense, we showed we can be a good team. Again we just need to find another ball-handler to help us get into our offense.”
Overholt led Polk with a game high 19 points while Holcombe tallied 14 points for Chase.