Elgin sweeps rival Cache for second time this season
CACHE — Both Elgin basketball squads have realistic expectations of playing deep into state tournament weekend, so the Owls weren’t about to allow their archrival, Cache, slow their roll in the second round of the Battle of the Wichitas on the hardwood Tuesday night.
The Owls, which swept the first meeting, brought their brooms on the road to sweep Cache and spoil the Bulldogs’ Senior Night as the No. 3 Elgin girls (19-2) — paced by five 3-pointers and 19 points from Gabby Cummins — cruised to a 65-32 victory over Cache (4-17), which lost its ninth straight game.
“Gabby was on fire tonight,” Elgin coach Jerrod Jones said. “It shows it doesn’t have to be just Izzy or Paige. She can knock ‘em down just as well as anybody, shooting about 46 percent from downtown. It’s been tremendous over the past few years to see her growth.”
Meanwhile, the No. 8 Elgin boys — led by a game-high 20 points from Connor Slater — stormed back and got timely late triples from Dylan Burk and Bowin Hargis to edge No. 16 Cache, 54-52, handing the Bulldogs their fifth straight loss, four of which have come at the hands of ranked opponents.
Elgin trailed 43-36 midway through the fourth and had one of its top players, Holden Bartosovsky, foul out, but the Owls never wavered and secured key defensive stops down the stretch to beat Cache for the second time this season.