Elida girls take charge early against Dora

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers

DORA — The Elida Lady Tigers were on the prowl Friday night, beating the Dora Lady Coyotes 67-31 in District 3-1A play.

“I thought we came out aggressive; that’s what we wanted to do,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “We jumped on them with our press early.”

The Lady Tigers grabbed 20-6 first-quarter lead, thanks to seven first-quarter points from eighth-grader Reavis Best — and were up 38-16 at halftime.

“I think we played really good team ball,” Best said. “We moved the ball really well down the court, we hustled back on defense and we went through our offense good, it was a real good experience for us.”

The Lady Tigers (18-3) scored the first six points of the third period, and stretched their lead to 53-21.

Best led Elida with 20 points, followed by sophomore Lindsey Smith with 15 points. Sophomore Morgan McBride contributed eight points.
Tori Varnell led Dora with nine points.

“We really worked hard preparing for Dora, we took it as a learning experience as far as learning how to get a lead and keep a lead,” Best said.

Dora boys 70, Elida 59 — Casey O’Connor led four Coyotes in double figures with 17 points, and the Coyotes pulled into a tie with the visiting Tigers for the district lead.

Hector Fierro added 13 points, Kyler Smith 12 and Wesley Skelley 11 for Dora (14-5, 4-1). The Tigers (19-3, 4-1) also placed four players in double figures, led by Wesley Gilmore with 14 points.