Third-seeded Naylor overpowers turnover-prone Chaffee in LRC first round

Naylor’s McKenzie Crofford (4) drives toward the basket past Chaffee’s Lauren Wagoner during the first quarter of the Lady Royals Classic first-round game Saturday at Broseley.
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BROSELEY — The third-seeded Naylor Eagles soared to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and rolled to a 51-13 victory over the Chaffee girls basketball team.

The Eagles used their pressure defense to disrupt Chaffee offensively in the first-round matchup of the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Christmas Classic on Saturday in Broseley.

Chaffee committed nine turnovers in the first quarter while they built a 14-4 lead.

In the second, Chaffee committed 10 more turnovers, and the Eagles took a commanding 32-7 lead into halftime. Naylor led 47-10 after three quarters.

Naylor (6-3) will face sixth-seeded Twin Rivers in the semifinal round at 6 p.m. Monday. The Red Devils (3-4) will face 11th-seeded Malden in a consolation quarterfinal at noon Monday. Twin Rivers defeated Malden 52-29 in the first round.

Charlie Carlton sank a baseline jumper to open the game, but the Red Devils didn’t score again until Hailey Rains hit two free throws at the end of the quarter.

The Eagles scored 14 straight points during that stretch with five different players scoring at least two points.

Kaylynn Johnson and McKenzie Crofford made consecutive 3-pointers to open the second quarter and Crofford added a jumper to extend Naylor’s lead to 22-4.

Crofford scored a game-high 14 points, and Johnson had 10.

After Lilly Wessel interrupted the Naylor run by scoring on a inbounds pass, the Eagles scored 10 straight for a 26-point lead.

Wessel paced Chaffee with five points.

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CHAFFEE — A. Rains 1(0) 0-0 2, Wagoner 0(0) 0-0 0, Kilburn 0(0) 0-2 0, Pobst 0(0) 1-2 1, Carlton 1(0) 1-6 3. H. Rains 0(0) 2-2 2, Elfrink 0(0) 0-0 0, Wessel 2(0) 0-1 5, Bollinger 0(0) 0-0 0. Totals 4(0) 5-15 13.

NAYLOR — Crofford 2(3) 1-3 14. Johnson 2(2) 0-0 10. F. Sullivan 4(0) 1-2 9. Shepard 3(0) 0-5 6. Urich 0(0) 0-0 0. Day 0(0) 0-0 0. Moman 4(0) 1-3 9. H. Sullivan 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals 11(5) 2-10 51.

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