The Lady Chaparrals looked right at home in their Walker Sports Complex debut, defeating Wilbur Wright College 84-43.
Despite winning two of their last three, the Lady Chaps were coming off a short streak of games in which they had difficulty scoring.
“Our two previous games, we haven’t shot the ball from anywhere: from the free throw line, the three’s, the lay-ups,” Head Coach Cris Cotton said. “The last few games have been, to put it nicely, atrocious.”
The team was looking to have a breakout offensive performance.
Wright kept the game close for its first six minutes until the team fell into a seven minute scoring drought while Chaps started to heat up.
They went on a 14-0 run, forcing several Wright turnovers and capitalizing on these mistakes.
According to Cotton, getting points off of turnovers is and always will be an essential part to the team’s success.
“[Forcing turnovers] is just half the battle, you have to capitalize on scoring opportunities,” Cotton said.
“I thought we did a decent job of that whereas in the last game, the other team turned the ball over 39 times but we only scored 51 points.”
The rest of the game followed a similar pattern: Wright turns the ball over; the Lady Chaps score in transition.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Chaps had built their lead up to 41 and won the game 84-43.
The win was the Chaps’ second highest margin of victory as well their second highest scoring total of the season.
This is a good sign for the Chaps who have been rather inconsistent on offense this year.
“It’s nice that we were able to score, somewhat at will sometimes, but these are the same types of shots that we’ve had all season we just haven’t been making them,” Cotton said.
The Lady Chaps lost to Rock Valley College Wednesday night 78-46 and will next face the Harper Hawks Saturday Jan. 19.