By JASON ELMQUIST
CIMARRON Ulysses utilized a balanced offensive attack against Cimarron on Tuesday to help propel the Lady Tigers to a 45-40 victory.
The Lady Tigers had six players score four points or more and in the opening half had eight different scorers.
"We have to have balance. It makes us better offensively because then they don't know who to guard," Ulysses' first-year coach Eric Flaton said. "For us, we don't have that go-to person yet for big shots. We need to go through the whole season, hopefully getting that kind of balance, that way we're difficult to guard."
Ulysses (4-1) was led in scoring by 5-foot-6 senior Jackie McCauley with nine points seven of them coming in the second half followed closely behind by 5-8 senior Jayde Jarnagin and 6-0 sophomore Kaylea Britton with eight points each.
"Ball movement was huge," McCauley said. "My teammates helped out a lot. They looked for the open player and don't try to force it and the open player gets the open shot. And I got lucky tonight, because I'm not the greatest shooter."
On the other side, Cimarron (3-2) had just three players score in the first half, but by game's end had four players with six points or more including a game-high 14 points by 5-5 sophomore Avery Burns and nine points from 5-5 senior Janae Helfrich.
"I told them at the end of the game that I really wasn't disappointed with how they did," Cimarron coach David Ediger said. "They played hard. This group is very young both age wise and experience wise and we played against a team with a bunch of seniors that are very physical and we have to learn from that."
Cimarron also got seven points from 5-9 sophomore Lindsay Wehkamp, who recorded a game-high nine rebounds, along with six bench points from 5-7 sophomore Breanna Bryant.
Helping keep Cimarron in striking distance was the rebounding of the Lady Bluejays. Cimarron outrebounded Ulysses 35-27 behind Wehkamp's game-high nine boards to go with Helfrich's seven. Ulysses got seven boards apiece from Jarnagin and 5-7 senior Mandy Spencer, who also scored six points.
"They are bigger than us and we knew we could get some fouls on them too if we blocked them out because they would go over our backs because they are an aggressive team," Ediger said. "Our girls battled hard."
And the Lady 'Jays forced plenty of fouls by Ulysses. The Lady Tigers were whistled for 21 fouls, as opposed to Cimarron's 12.
"A lot of it is just knowing how to play defense we've got to move our feet a lot better," Flaton said. "We've got to take better angles, know who you're playing, getting better speed. When they do pass you by, don't grab them or hold them."
Ulysses travels to Larned on Friday, and Cimarron will host Elkhart.
Ulysses 45, Cimarron 40
ULYSSES (4-1) Meierhoff 2 2-2 6, Jarnagin 3 2-3 8, McCauley 4 0-0 9, Anthony 2 0-0 4, Spencer 3 0-4 6, Rodriguez 1 0-2 2, Britton 4 0-0 8, Westover 0 0-0 0, Baldwin 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 4-11 45.
CIMARRON (3-2) Burns 5 3-5 14, Lock 1 0-0 2, Wehkamp 3 1-2 7, Ridenour 0 0-0 0, Helfrich 3 1-2 9, Bryant 2 2-4 6, Payne 0 2-5 2. Totals 14 9-18 40.
Ulysses 12 6 11 16 -- 45
Cimarron 6 10 9 15 -- 40
3-point field goals Ulysses 1 (McCauley 1); Cimarron 3 (Helfrich 2, Burns 1). Rebounds Ulysses 27 (Jarnagin 7, Spencer 7); Cimarron 35 (Wehkamp 9, Helfrich 7). Turnovers Ulysses 9, Cimarron 17. Total fouls Ulysses 21, Cimarron 12. Fouled out none.