Florence basketball

Florence girls basketball coach Drake Stanczak gives instructions after the first quarter of Florence's 51-34 win over Waco Meyer at the Holland Tournament.

HOLLAND — For Rebecca Horton, it was no contest.

Instead of spending a cloudy day in class, the Lady Buffs senior post was some place more fun — the basketball court.

Horton scored a game-high 18 points to help the Lady Buffs (3-2) get past the Waco Meyer Lady Ravens 51-34 on Thursday at the Holland Tournament.

“It’s so much better. This way you can use some of your energy instead of sleeping in class,” Horton said with a laugh.

Florence continues tournament play today when it takes on Holland at 9 a.m. and Snook at 6 p.m.

Lady Buffs guard Shali Simpson had a strong game with 14 points, including eight in the first quarter.

“Overall, we did OK,” Simpson said. “I know that as a team, we can do better. We need to come down on offense, run the plays and on defense we need to pick it up and be more aggressive.”

Simpson got off to a hot start, which Florence needed.

Florence opened the game shooting 28 percent (6 for 21), turned the ball over three times, didn’t score a basket in the paint and despite having the height advantage, held a slim 10-6 rebounding edge.

“We just didn’t play to our best capability,” Horton said.

The Lady Buffs led 12-9 after eight minutes, but took firm control of the game starting in the second quarter. Brooklynne Owens scored her first points on a putback that sparked a 13-5 Florence run for a 25-14 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

The game opened up in the paint after the break, as Simpson was able to penetrate the Meyer defense, draw defenders and pass it off to Horton and the other posts on the Florence roster for easy baskets with great frequency.

“Our post started holding them back and that’s what got us most of our points,” Simpson said.

The Lady Buffs outscored the Lady Ravens 18-6 as Horton scored 12 points in the second half. Florence never trailed and a Simpson drive and dish to Horton put Florence ahead 46-26 with 4:56 remaining and ended any Meyer threat of a comeback.

Contact Albert Alvarado at alberta@kdhnews.com

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