After struggling offensively and defensively in the first quarter, Mount Tahoma recovered to unleash their trademark high-pressure defense and long-range shooting in a runaway 66-34 win over Shelton at home tonight.
Senior guard Ashley Keys led the way for the Thunderbirds, scoring a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds, while Tanisha Lopez hit five three-pointers and scored 19 points for Mount Tahoma.
The Thunderbirds struggled from the perimeter in the opening quarter as Shelton took an 11-6 lead, but Keys tied it 11-11 with a three-pointer three minutes into the second quarter. That helped spark a 14-0 run, with Keys scoring 10 points during the spurt, and the Thunderbirds led 25-16 at the half. They maintained the lead in the third quarter, as Lopez nailed two threes, and began to pull away in the fourth. Jea’Ohnna Lee hit the first of her three fourth-quarter three-pointers – the Thunderbirds totaled 11 three-pointers in the game – the first of which put the Thunderbirds up 50-29 with five minutes left. Lee finished with 16 points, while Rejie Wright added eight rebounds for Mount Tahoma. Taylor Stroud and Jordan Leach led Shelton with 10 points apiece.
The win moves Mount Tahoma to 3-2 in league play, tied for third place with Lincoln. The Thunderbirds and Abes are set to meet for the first time this season on Wednesday night at Lincoln at 7 p.m.