The McIntosh Chiefs, both the boys and the girls, were clicking on all cylinders when they thumped the Ola Mustangs on Monday night. The Chiefs blew out the Mustangs by a combined score of 139 to 62. The Lady Chiefs earned their win with spectacular shooting in a 66-21 romp, while the boys dunked all over the opposition in a 73-41 win.
The Lady Chiefs stepped on the gas early and never let up.
“We talked about coming out with some intensity. We shot the ball well,” said coach David Dowse.
DeLayne Rotolo paced the team with 25 points, including seven three-pointers. Cassidy Williams wasn’t far behind with 17 points.
“I told the girls after the game, as much as any game this year, we were unselfish with the ball. We made the extra pass. We got in the gap. We distorted the defense,” said Dowse.
McIntosh held a commanding 38-12 lead at halftime, keyed by five threes from Rotolo. It only got worse from there for Ola, growing to 51-19 after three.
The fourth quarter was a perfect example of the team’s selfless play. With the game in hand, most of the starters rested, leaving time for fresh faces to step up, and they did just that. They moved the ball just as well, picking up buckets on perfect passes, whether it was Jordan Crutchfield feeding Kimmy Edgeworth or Madison Emmet who made a pair of assists late, one to Samantha Coffey and one to Crutchfield for the game’s last points.
“It’s a lot of fun that way. It’s good for team morale,” Dowse said of getting the whole team involved. “We’re very much a system-oriented team. When you step into that position, you’ve got a job to do, and everyone did their job.”
The McIntosh boys could have made their own highlight reel out of their lopsided win. The Chiefs flashed their high-flying pedigree, throwing down a half dozen dunks during the contest.
Jordan Lyons got the night started with his silky shot for three. Will Washington fed the big man, Dishon Lowery, for a thunderous one-handed jam as the Chiefs raced out to a 9-0 lead. Terrance Gaines and Brendon Rowan each added a trey before Lowery added another dunk, a gliding throw down that looked like one straight from Karl Malone, as McIntosh led 21-4 after one quarter.
“We played to our strengths and had a balanced attack on offense, taking advantage of both inside and out,” said coach Jason Eisele. “We played good team defense without fouling.”
Ola made a mini run in the second quarter, but never got within striking distance. Jemal Ahmed keyed the quarter with a pair of treys as the lead hit 35-15 heading into halftime.
The second half started off just like the first, on a Lyons three-pointer. What followed was a quartet of dunks in the quarter, two from Lowery, including a thunderous tomahawk dunk, and two breakaway slams from Washington. Lyons added one more long ball as the Chiefs held a 60-27 lead with one quarter to play.
Braxton Shaw was the star of the final frame, draining a trio of threes, as McIntosh wrapped up the 73-41 rout.
Lyons and Lowery each tallied 17 points on the night, followed by Shaw with nine.