Sometimes a good defense is the best offense, and the Fair Park girls followed that script Friday in a 79-57 win against Huntington.
The Lady Indians (13-9, 4-0) cashed in 32 points off 28 turnovers en route to their fourth district win and fifth straight overall victory.
“Easy buckets, those are the best,” said coach Cherise Sims. “They are finally grasping what we’ve been talking about, and they are playing together.
“Everybody is stepping up when somebody is slacking.”
There wasn’t much slacking evident Friday as Fair Park sprinted to a 10-2 run and didn’t look back. After Huntington’s Tanisha Briggs scored a quick bucket off the tip, Fair Park answered with 10 points while the Lady Raiders (10-8, 1-3) commited five turnovers in six possessions.
Ty’Ronica Foster recorded one of her 11 steals during the stretch. She scored a team-high 33 points and was the main contributor to Fair Park’s points off turnovers and fastbreak points.
“We’re starting to listen to coach, and we have good hand-eye coordination,” Foster said of the defensive pressure she and her teammates applied. “I think we would have been up more if we didn’t commit some turnovers (ourselves).”
Huntington’s Caitlin Jenkins wasn’t slacking either, scoring a game-high 41 points. The junior did a lot of damage on the offensive glass and at the free-throw line.
“She has a pretty good overall game,” said Huntington coach Danielle Butler. “We can’t give Fair Park that big lead with the turnovers.
“We’re young and we’re still trying to gain experience. We’re doing OK.”
Huntington scored the next four points to get to 10-6, but Fair Park used a 19-9 run for a 29-15 edge midway through the second quarter. The Lady Indians kept up the pressure and took a 45-25 lead into halftime.
Foster had plenty of help from teammates as Dominique Johnson (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Brittney Myles (13 points, 10 rebounds) while Savannah Thomas added 12 points.
No official rebound numbers were available for Jenkins, but the lengthy post reached double figures as an active rebounder.
“She’s an awesome player, and she’s going to get hers,” Sims said. “We wanted to keep other players from beating us.”
Huntington managed 14 points from other players aside from Jenkins’ 41.