“I thought Jess played really well,” Holmes said. “She controlled things really well. She stayed under control. I’m really happy with what she’s doing.
“She opened up Sarah (Busch) and made some dishes to the bigs, too.”
The onslaught continued through the second period. The Spartans made 1 of 20 attempts from the field and turned the ball over 14 times.
“Once you make a couple shots, the girls are more confidence in the offense,” Holmes said. “When you force turnovers, you get more opportunities. That’s what the defense is there for, to get you more opportunities.”
Becker and Busch each had 10 points in the half and LeeAnn Farr added seven more as the Falcons took a 30-5 lead into the break.
“I don’t think we played very good team defense at all,” Pasanen said. “If you aren’t going to be good on offense, you have to be disciplined on defense. We weren’t disciplined at all.”
Busch connected on four 3-pointers in totaling 16 points, Becker had 12 and Farr 10.
“It was easier tonight, for some reason,” Becker said. “I felt in control more than I usually do.”
Dani Heinonen and Zappitelli each scored five points for the Spartans.
Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.