Estacada girls struggle against Elmira
4A Girls Basketball
ESTACADA — It's safe to say that this was not the way that Estacada hoped their home opener would go.
From start to finish, Elmira was in control.
The Falcons would hold the lead from wire-to-wire, defeating the Rangers in blowout fashion on Friday evening and winning by a score of 58-31.
Elmira's Jadenn Blunt and Sydney Greene led all scores with 13 points. Karlye Nakashimada was Estacada's leading score with nine points.
"I think the biggest thing we need to work on is communication," Estacada head coach Beth Rossos said. "We got broken down a few times on the defensive end because of a lack of communication…We didn't come out as energetic as I would have liked."
Estacada hung with the Falcons for the first five minutes of the game, trailing just 10-8 after a layup from Nakashimada and a mid-range jumper from Izzy Hagel. But Elmira finished the period on a 10-0 run and took a 20-8 lead into the second quarter.
The Falcons nailed three triples in the first quarter and had six second chance points, which caused Rossos to switch out of her 2-3 zone and play man-to-man.
"(Elmira) killed us with their shooting," Rossos said. "A few of their girls could drill every single (three-pointer) that they took…Our passing also killed us. We turned the ball over way too much and it made it hard to get back in the game."
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