MORAVIA — It took a few minutes, but the Blue Devils got back to their aggressive style and took control.
The Moravia girls basketball team went on a 14-2 run to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, held Tioga to two points in the second and cruised to a 62-32 win at Moravia High School Tuesday night.
"We hadn't played in a couple weeks and we were aggressive on offense but not as much on defense," Blue Devils coach John Crossgrove said. "We were a little passive and feeling ourselves out. ... When we got aggressive, we really turned it up."
Nine Moravia players scored and three finished with double-digit point totals.
Allie Genson recorded 15 points and four steals, while Sierra Lyon added 11 points, six boards, five steals and four assists. Maddy Kelly had 11 points and five rebounds, and Grace Wasileski finished with five points, five steals, five rebounds and four assists.
"Seeing the stats with Grace and Sierra with four assists each — and obviously everyone moves it — but they set the table for other people and we got balanced scoring again," Crossgrove said. "We're happy with that."
With the help of a couple buckets from beyond the arc, the Tigers jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the opening minutes. The Blue Devils tied the score before the midway point of the first quarter and took a 17-10 lead into the second.
"They got the message about being aggressive and they stayed aggressive," Crossgrove said. "They made it really difficult for them to do anything."
Moravia continued to pour on the pressure defensively. The Blue Devils held the Tigers to two points in the second quarter and had a 26-12 advantage at halftime.
Moravia continued to pull away throughout the second half. The Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 22-10 in the third quarter and 14-10 in the fourth with their starters on the bench.
While the score was a blowout, Crossgrove pointed out that Tioga is no slouch. Five of the Tigers' last six opponents were state ranked.
"They're not a bad team even though they haven't been winning games," Crossgrove said. "They're ready to play, but they just played a couple really good teams ... They could do some stuff, but once we got aggressive on defense, I think that changed the game and we took over."
Just past the midway point of the season, Crossgrove likes the chemistry of his team.
"The girls set a goal to be a team, a unit, to have each other's back, to look for each other on the court, to trust each other," Crossgrove said. "They're following through on that and succeeding with that goal."
Moravia (10-1) looks to keep rolling when it welcomes Groton on Friday. The focus for the Blue Devils is their own play and not what the Indians bring.
"We just try to do our stuff," Crossgrove said. "We don't worry too much what other teams are about. We feel like if we do our stuff well and we play hard together, we're in good shape."