The Chaparral women’s basketball team routed Oakton Community College 72-35 Saturday Nov. 10.
The Chaps wasted no time getting out in front of Oakton, making the score 24-9 midway through the first half.
Fueled by aggressive inside play and solid ball distribution, this looked like a different Lady Chaps team than the one that lived and eventually died by the three ball one game earlier against Elgin.
“That’s something that we talked about right after that Elgin game,” Head Coach Cris Cotton said.
“I think the young ladies understand the concept, they did show it more today, but can they continue to do this on a regular basis, that’s the big question.”
The Chaps ended the half on an 8-0 run and took a 38-15 lead into halftime.
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Chaps continued their dominance over the Oakton squad.
Before the final buzzer, the Chaparrals amassed a 37 point lead and went on to win 72-35.
Another key to the team’s success was its relentless crashing of the boards, especially offensively.
It was not uncommon to see three or four offensive rebounds in a single possession for the Lady Chaps.
“We had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, the problem was we had five in the second,” Cotton said. “We had 18 total and I’m very happy with that, but having 13 in one half and five in the other, there needs to be a better balance of that.”
However, one major concern for the team was their inefficient free throw shooting.
“We started out in our scrimmages shooting very well, we were shooting 80 percent from the line and we’ve dropped drastically since then,” Cotton said.
The Lady Chaps finished the night just 15-27 from the line.
“Right now we’re shooting very poorly from the line,” Cotton said. “Today, with the large margin of victory, it could have been larger if we simply would have shot just 70 percent from the line.”
But the coach is optimistic that extra work in practice can help his team find its rhythm for free throw shooting.
In addition to Saturday’s victory, the Lady Chaps also defeated Malcolm X College Tuesday night, giving them a 3-1 record to start their season.
Next up, the Lady Chaps will host Olive-Harvey College Saturday Nov. 17.