Weekly Feature

2018-01-11 / Sports

Lady Chief cagers crush Alden, 59-15


Iroquois’ girls basketball team opened 2018 much the way it closed out 2017 – by crushing the opposition.

The Lady Chiefs continued to use their defense to fuel their offense in a way that allowed them to build up a big enough advantage early in their 59-15 triumph over Alden on Jan. 3 so that everyone who dressed was able to see significant amounts of playing time.

“I’m not sure what happened, because [Alden] was a whole lot better in the summertime,” said coach Steve Sokolski, whose squad used a 20-1 run over the course of the second quarter to push its 21-8 lead at the start of the frame to 41-9 going into the second half. “It got to the point, with us not wanting to embarrass anyone, where we were running plays all the way through and just slowing things down in general in the second half.”

Iroquois, whose 41-percent showing from the field for the game helped it increase its lead to 46-11 going into the final stanza,

Both Taylor Quinn (6 steals) and Meghan Porzio (4 assists) scored 12 points to share the team lead for Iroquois. Sarah Wittek chipped in with 11 points and three blocks, while Riley Reidel added seven points, five steals and four assists. Leah Shanahan hit a pair of three-point baskets to score six points to go along with her two rebounds, while Jessi Ford chipped in with two points and six rebounds.

The Lady Chiefs (10-0 overall) return to action this evening against Springville after their game with crosstown rival East Aurora Friday was postponed due to the weather. Iroquois doesn’t play again after tonight until Tuesday, when it hosts West Seneca East.

“Hopefully we can keep stepping things up as the games get tougher the further and further we get into the season,” Sokolski said. “It’s been great so far getting all of the girls as much playing time as we have been, and everyone’s looking forward to keeping that up.”

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