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Aurora Christian's Alyssa Andersen and Taylor Eaves battle for a rebound with Harvest Christian's Kylee Knox and Rachel Oostdyk on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Even when Monday’s nonconference game against Harvest Christian got out of hand, Aurora Christian coach Jerry Tokars took steps to make sure his girls were still playing hard.
“I gave them a little challenge, and they reached it,” Tokars said.
The Eagles took care of just about every challenge in their way to post a convincing 65-15 win over Harvest Christian.
The devastating stretch covered most of the second and third quarters, a 25-0 Aurora Christian run that pushed the lead to 50-8.
“You can’t think about the score in these games, you start playing lazy,” Aurora Christian junior Alyssa Andersen said. “I just think about what I play for. I’m preparing myself now. I’m not going to give up because it’s not a close game. I have to improve, especially my defense.”
Andersen continued her impressive start to the season with a team-high 17 points. She scored 13 of those points in the first quarter. She scored the final nine points of a 13-0 run that built a 15-2 lead out of the gates for the Eagles (3-2). She is averaging close to 20 points per game in the young season after missing time with a back injury in the off-season.
“I’m feeling a lot better now,” Andersen said. “I have a lot of things to work on, but I’m feeling pretty good.”
It wasn’t all Andersen for the Eagles Monday, however. Sophomore Natasha Brown posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Melissa Moser added 14 points, as well.
“Natasha is just a rebounding machine,” Tokars said. “Melissa stepped up tonight. She had a nice game. That’s a nice confidence builder for her.”
Harvest Christian struggled to score all night, but Kylee Knox managed to score a game-high nine points for the Lions. The Lions only had six players in uniform for the game.
The Eagles got contributions across the board in the win, including seven rebounds from freshman Gabby Galbato in her varsity debut.
“The message was, it doesn’t matter what the score is, work on your craft,” Tokars said. “The biggest challenge of the second half was getting them to believe that it was 0-0. We’re looking for good effort and good things, and I think you saw that tonight across the board.”