The Alma girls came out of the Christmas break rested and ready.
Alma (5-3) put 11 girls in the scoring column in the way to a 52-31 victory against Sacred Heart to tip off the First Community Bank of Crawford County Airedale Classic on Friday. Alma took control in the early minutes and steadily built the lead on the Lady Rebels. Alma led 10-5 after one quarter, 26-15 at the half and 40-23 after three quarters.
"I was glad to see us come out with our legs under us and play with a lot of energy," Alma coach Madelyn Flenor said. "It was a good way to come back after a couple of days off."
Sophomore Cassie Cochran led Alma with 11 points, Laina Wright added 10 and Haley Ostrander had eight. Flenor said the balanced scoring so far has helped the team’s good start.
"We have had three or four different girls lead us in scoring already and we have done a good job of distributing the ball and getting a lot of people involved in the offense," Flenor said. "We got a lot of people in the game and a lot got a chance to score so that is always a plus."
Alma faced West Fork in the semifinals Saturday.
Alma 87, Sacred Heart 39 (Men’s)
Tiny Sacred Heart from Class A put a decent fight for a quarter with the 5A Airedales, but Alma overwhelmed the Rebels with 24 points in the second quarter and 25 more in the third.
Alma (6-3) led 19-11 after one quarter but turned it up to lead 43-26 at the half and 72-35 going to the final quarter.
Austin Lee paced Alma with 15 points, Mason Wight added 13 and Jake Folkerts had 10. Fourteen Airedales got to tally in the scoring column before it was over.
Alma took on Class 4A Gravette on Saturday.