ERIE — Freshman Kelsi Lantz lit it up from behind the arc, burying six 3-pointers as the Cherryvale Chargers defeated the Erie Red Devils 55-42.
“We always like to come after break with a win,” Cherryvale head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “You’re always going to struggle a little bit.”
Cherryvale, which improved to 4-2 overall with the win in both teams’ first game back from Winter Break, struggled offensively in the first half against Erie’s zone. The Chargers led 28-21 at halftime against a rebuilding Red Devils squad.
“Against that zone, we saw the holes we wanted to attack,” Overacker said. “We just didn’t hit our shots. We didn’t make a lot of adjustments, we just really kept finding those holes. We started knocking down some shots and went with it.”
Lantz’s outing was the headliner as she led Cherryvale with 20 points — 18 coming from deep. The freshman star has established herself as one of the Chargers’ top scoring options.
“We know she’s a pretty consistent shooter,” Overacker said. “What really helps is her teammates moving the ball around and getting the ball inside out. Everybody is doing a great job of finding her.”
For Erie, which dropped to 2-3 with the loss, Maddie Kramer led the Red Devils with 11 points.
After the game, first-year head coach Sindy Daniels felt her team played well against one of the top teams in the area.
“I told our girls not to be hanging their heads,” Daniels said. “I thought our girls came out and played tough. They just shot the lights out on us.”
Camdyn Forman of Cherryvale also reached double digit scoring with 11 points.
Erie starts a two-game road trip on Friday with a trip to Bluestem in Leon.
“We’ve got to work on boxing out,” Daniels said. “We didn’t block out at all. Ballhandling is also still a struggle for us. We’re working on those things.”
As for Cherryvale, its two-game road trek to start its post-break slate ends on Friday at Neodesha.
“We need to separate ourselves,” Overacker said. “We need to believe in ourselves. Erie is always a tough opponent and I hate coming here to play. Erie beat us last year, so did Neodesha. I’m hoping that’s sitting in the back of our minds, because it is on mine.”
Cherryvale 55, Erie 42
Cherryvale: 12 16 10 17 — 55
Erie: 10 11 6 15 — 42
Cherryvale: Camdyn Forman 11, Lexi Umbarger 2, Belle McGhee 4, Alivia Kaiser 2, Kelsi Lantz 20, Makenna Kuehn 5, Katelyn Plumley 5, Mariah Monroy 6
Erie: Grace Harmon 2, Abigail VanLeeuwen 8, Molly LaForge 6, Josie Jacquinot 1, Skylar Clevenger 7, Sarah Stark 3, Ryleigh Brant 4, Maddie Kramer 11