The Chaparral women’s basketball team continued their dominance since the winter break as they defeated the Madison WolfPack Wednesday night.
Even though it was technically a home game for the Chaps, the game was held at Triton College.
The game was very physical and aggressive play was key to Lady Chaps’ success.
“It’s very important because it’s going to come down to physical play, aggressiveness but at the same time, smarts,” Head Coach Cris Cotton said.
The Lady Chaps went on streaks of draining three-pointers which can be accredited to their strong inside play.
“What happens is a lot of defenses tend to collapse on the ball in the post,” Cotton explained. “We have shooters so all we have to do is make a strong pass back out to those shooters to knock down shots.”
The Chaps established their lead thanks to aggressive defensive play and efficient offensive play and went into halftime with a 44-23 lead.
The Lady Chaps were hanging onto their lead in the second half but Madison refused to go away.
The WolfPack chipped away at the Chaparral lead bringing it down to as little as ten points at times.
However, the Chaps began to run away with the game after a key five point swing late in the game.
With just 6:38 remaining, Chaparral guard Tashiana Walton drove the lane and was fouled while scoring on a layup.
WolfPack guard Taylor Pfeuti hit the floor in disgust in response to the foul. Pfeuti was then charged with a technical foul.
Walton hit both the technical foul shots and the “and one” shot. Just like that, the Lady Chaps increased their lead to 18.
The team never looked back and went on to win 83-66.
With this win the Chaps are now 19-7 and have won eight of their last nine, which is important for them as they try to close out the season strong in preparation for the postseason.
“Any coach will tell you that you want to go into the postseason playing well and that should equate to winning,” Cotton said.
“So you want that momentum, you want that belief, that confidence so it’s very important and we are doing it.”
As of now, the Chaps are expected to be the number two seed in the Region IV Tournament.
“If we take care of business and if other teams take care of business, right now the speculation is that potentially ourselves and Rock Valley could meet and they’re a very physical team,” Cotton said.
The Lady Chaps’ final regular season game of the year will be Saturday Feb. 23 when they will host Joliet.