CRETE | Despite the fact Crete-Monee would like to play a fast-paced game, the Warriors proved they can slow it down and stay patient at the offensive end.
The Times No. 3 Warriors rolled to a 48-33 Southland Athletic Conference win over Rich Central on Tuesday night. After managing only 14 points in the first half, the Warriors matched their first-half total in the third quarter. Lindzy Cox led the Warriors with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marsha Howard added 13 points for the Warriors, while Ashley Henry chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.
"In the second half, we just ran our plays thoroughly and tried to execute our plays more," Cox said. "We saw that they were really aggressive and we were just trying to stop their No. 1 scorer."
Crete-Monee (8-2, 3-0) battled Rich Central to a 14-14 tie after two quarters. The Warriors started the second half with a 9-3 run and never looked back. Throughout the first half, both teams showed plenty of patience at the offensive end of the floor, and Warrior coach Christina Cobbins saw her team slowly being lulled to sleep in the first half.
"Early on I saw us falling asleep," Cobbins said. "I think we're used to an up-tempo game. They tried to throw a fake man to man on us. Just to show a man to stop our transition, and I think we got a little frantic in it. We wanted to play a fast game."
With the Warriors holding a five-point led in the third quarter, Howard picked up her fourth foul with 3:13 remaining in the third, but her teammates were able to pick the junior forward up and hold the lead the rest of the way.
"We just needed to keep attacking the boards more because they were a smaller group than us," Howard said. "We just needed to bring energy after the first half."
The win improved Crete-Monee to 3-0 in SAC play, and the Warriors are looking for big things in the conference this season.
"For us right now we're just trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together," Cobbins said. "I think a lot of things are coming together for us now. Early we saw a lot of production from our point guard and not our forwards. Now, we see our forwards producing, and so we're just trying to put those things together for a complete game."