Edison Girls Use 35-10 Run to Down Toronto in Richmond
RICHMOND — What started out as a close game did not end that way.
The Edison girls’ basketball team ended the game on a 35-10 run to pull away and defeat Toronto, 45-20, on Monday night at home.
“We finally started to make shots,” Edison (6-7) coach Ryan Powell said. “We stopped turning the ball over as much. I am not sure how many turnovers we had, but we did not take care of the ball.
“We missed some layups, and we struggled shooting free throws.
“I am happy with the win, but I am not happy with how we played. We had poor execution on offense. The effort was there, but the execution was not.”
The Red Knights closed to within 10-9 in the second quarter, but the wheels fell off from that point.
“We didn’t do much right,” first-year Toronto (2-9) coach Rusty Hodgkiss said. “We did not make shots. We did not make free throws. We could not switch defenses. We were not ready to play, and that falls right on these shoulders. We were not ready to play, and that is my fault.
“Edison’s size and length affected us on offense. I don’t know how many times they got hands on the ball. We had a hard time starting our offense. We had to start our offense at half court.”
Six players scored in for the hostsm two of which reached double digits. Individually, Kayla Huff finished with a game-high 14 points, while Skylar Fankhauser recorded 13 points.
Six players also scored for the visitors, but none of them reached double figures. Jo’zaeyah Jordan delivered a team-high seven points, while Gina Fogle finished with six points.
The game was tied at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, and the Wildcats led 15-9 at halftime after tallying the final five points of the second quarter.
“We are not always focused,” Powell said. “Toronto sped us up and we did not do a good job of executing our offense. We started playing street ball for a lack of a better term. We started throwing the ball all over the place. We did not have any structure to our offense. We did not have great execution.
“At times, we did run our offense OK, but they were able to speed us up and we did not execute. We started throwing the ball away and we started doing things we are not coached to do.
“I am happy with our defense. We only allowed them to score 20 points.”
The Wildcats outscored the Red Knights, 13-7, in the third quarter to take a 28-16. Edison outscored Toronto, 12-4, in the fourth to account for the final score.
An 11-0 run by Edison gave it a 20-9 lead in the third quarter. Toronto tallied the next five points to pull within six points, but the Wildcats built their lead to 28-14 following a 3-pointer by Sarah Anderson with 33.2 seconds left in the third.
“Edison did everything we worked on for the past three days,” Hodgkiss said. We really just did not handle it.”
Edison extended its advantage throughout the fourth quarter.
“Toronto plays full court,” Powell said. “They play aggressive man-to-man. They want to push the ball. They gave us problems. They force you out of what you are doing. Their coach is doing a good job. They play really hard.
“Like us, they struggle to score. They play good defense. We had some turnovers. A lot of those turnovers were on us, but we let them speed us up.”