ITCL Crestview jolts Springfield, 64-46, for ninth win
By CHUCK HOUSTEAU
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Coming off Monday's tough road loss to United, the Crestview High girls basketball team found themselves facing another tough Inter Tri-County Tier 1 road game on Thursday.
Crestview (9-2, 5-1) needed a victory over rival Springfield to keep pace with United at the top of the league standings. The Rebels were more than up to the challenge.
Sophomore Chelsea Bowker and seniors Elyse Mongillo and Chelsie McCall combined for 58 points to lead Crestview to a 64-46 victory over a young Springfield team.
"Getting wins on the road in this league, which is really tough, is important," Crestview coach Tanja Simione said. "The girls came out with a lot of intensity and did a good job.
"We had a hard loss the other night, so it was good to see us bounce back."
Mongillo, McCall help
Bowker, who averages a double-double for the season, led the Rebels with 25 points and 17 rebounds while four-year starter Mongillo added 18 points. McCall chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Rebels jumped on the Tigers 14-5 midway through the first quarter behind six points from Bowker, four from Mongillo and three by McCall .
It looked like the Rebels might put away Springfield early.
But the Tigers, who have only one senior on the roster, got back in the game with a 6-1 run to close out the first quarter and trailed 15-11.
Springfield played well enough offensively in the first half to make it a game, but the defense succumbed to the strong inside game of Crestview.
Crestview opened up leads of eight and 10 points midway through the second period and Springfield would try to rally, only to come up short.
By halftime, Crestview had pushed the lead out to 39-28.
"We played hard at times," Springfield coach Sandi Kohler said. "We went through spurts where we played well and then we had some setbacks.
"We dug ourselves a hole and then we tried to rally," Kohler said. "We're a young team and sooner or later we have to get over the hump.
"It's mid-season now and we should be through some of these growing pains."
Turnovers aid Crestview
The Rebels took advantage of 22 Springfield turnovers and some strong passing on their end to get plenty of easy baskets.
"We're starting to mature and we are reading each other well," Simione said. "We were able to penetrate well and dish the ball off and so we were getting a lot of high quality shots.
"That's what we work on daily but I still think we need to have things flow better at times."
The Rebels had 20 turnovers themselves but Springfield wasn't able to take advantage.
"Several times when we were making our runs," Kohler said. "We had a chance to cut the lead even more but we couldn't take advantage of a turnover or grab a ball cleanly."
The Tigers (5-7, 3-3) couldn't get the lead down under double digits in the second half but did get a couple of strong performances from underclassmen.
Junior Jaimie Foster scored 13 points and had five rebounds while sophomore Rachael Kennedy had 11 points and 11 rebounds.