On paper, the Archie-Crest Ridge girls' basketball game appeared to be a competitive matchup.
Crest Ridge arrived in Archie with the same record as the Whirlwinds at 6-2.
“I was expecting a game that could go either way,” Archie head coach Troy Schulte said after the game.
The Whirlwinds controlled the tip, scored the first bucket and never looked back as they rolled to a 60-28 rout of the Cougars Jan. 3.
“They are a good young team that is well coached,” Schulte said. “Defensively we were real good. We played good defense and made our shots. When we make shots we play with more confidence.”
Archie’s confidence soared as they jumped out to a 19-3 first-quarter lead behind the sharp shooting of Taylor Plattner and Jordan Schulte. Combined, they accounted for 12 of the 19 points in the period.
Plattner continued her scoring barrage, contributing 26 of the Whirlwinds’ 60 points. In fact, with 3:30 left in the third quarter, Plattner had outscored the entire Cougar offense 24-23.
“Taylor is a good offensive player, but I talked to her today about her play defensively. I think she has been to focused on making or missing shots. When she takes care of her defense, the offense takes care of itself,” said Schulte. Apparently Plattner heard the message. She also led Archie in rebounds with 11.
By the start of the fourth quarter, the Whirlwinds built a 30-point lead they maintained until the final horn. After nine games, Archie has beaten its opponents by an average of 19 a game.
In addition to Plattner’s 26 points, Jordan Schulte had 13, Briley Anderson 10, Quincy Young six, Mary Kurzweil three, and Arely Guajardo two.
Conference play begins on Jan. 10 against Rich Hill.