Ross routs TC 63-38

It was just too big of a hole.

Fremont Ross jumped on Columbian with the first seven points of the game and opened a 15-point lead less than five minutes in.

The Tornadoes made runs to get within striking distance, but Ross always had the answer in a 63-38 win Saturday by the Little Giants.

“Our defense was fine,” Columbian coach Amy Cooper said. “We were just turning it over offensively inside. They made a few shots. We would get a stop and then we would turn it over. Offensively, we have to figure out how to get things under control.”

Brooklyn Baptista hit a 3 just 10 seconds in and buckets by Mylah Williams and Janiah Holmes forced Cooper into a timeout.

Brook Boes got Columbian (3-8) on the board with two free throws but triples from Williams and Makenna Englund pushed the Ross lead to 13-2. Englund scored again and two free throws by Holmes made it 17-2 at the 3:27 mark of the first quarter.

“That is the most 3s we have had all year and I will take it,” Ross coach Juan Vela said of the eight made triples. “I thought offensively we hit some shots and made some nice passes.”

Hailey Cooper’s 3-pointer for the Tornadoes ended a 0-for-10 stretch with five turnovers start for Columbian. Boes scored off an offensive rebound and a bucket by Serena Ingalls cut the margin to 17-10, but Hannah Sheidler answered with a 3.

“We would make a run, but Ross would hit something,” Cooper said. “It would take the wind right out of our sails. Most times, we would be in their faces. They were just putting the ball in there.”

Ross (2-10) led 20-12 after eight minutes, but the Tornadoes cut the lead to six points twice, but again, the Little Giants had the answer. Williams hit a 3 for a 25-16 lead and later, back-to-back scores from Williams and Holmes pushed it to 30-18.

“You have to rebound and take care of the ball,” Vela said. “I thought our girls played hard and went after the ball.”

Columbian opened the second half with the ball, but committed one of its 14 turnovers. Ross cashed in with a 3 — this time from Sheidler — for a 35-20 advantage.

The Tornadoes were unable to cut into the lead much in the rest of the third quarter. A three-point play by Holmes made it 45-28 after three quarters.

“I am sure the early deficit took a lot out of us,” Cooper said. “My girls will fight until the end. I am sure trying to catch up 15 points took a little bit out of us.”

Columbian, seemingly worn from previous runs, fell victim to great passing by Ross — specifically Baptista — for most of the fourth quarter. Easy buckets by Englund and Holmes made it 51-34. Baptista scored and later hit a 3 for a 58-35 lead.

“What I liked was the focus we had the rest of the game,” Vela said. “A lot of times you will see a team have a nice start and the focus will go down. I thought our girls stayed focused and continued doing what we are supposed to do.”

Williams scored 17 points for Ross while Holmes tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Little Giants used a 53-37 rebounding edge to control the boards.

“We would shoot the ball and just let Ross get the rebound,” Cooper said. “I do not know how hard we were even fighting for the rebound. They had a couple girls that were much taller than us, but I feel like we were more physical.”

Ingalls and Cooper each scored nine points for the Tornadoes. Boes finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

“Our two keys have to be working together and rebounding,” Cooper said. “We will work on that in practice.”