Tough defense gets City win on the road

   LEO — Offense is always necessary to win any sport but defense can win you plenty as well.
   Tuesday night, Columbia City girls’ basketball began its first winning streak after hitting the road to Leo.    The Lady Eagles (3-1) used a stifling defensive press to win their second consecutive game beating the Lady Lions 42-22.
   A balanced scoring column had eight different Lady Eagles light up the scoreboard. No player scored in double digits for Columbia City but leading scorer Sierria Burlage came close with a game-high nine points.
   A 20-point margin of victory didn’t happen immediately for the Lady Eagles. Leo actually saw a slim lead after the first quarter 7-6 after both teams were plagued with turnovers.
   Columbia City’s three-quarter press allowed only five field goals by the Lady Lions in the first half.
   The second quarter is where the Lady Eagles backed up a defense that allowed five points with offense.    Burlage posted for first bucket of the period giving Columbia City an 8-7 lead and never looking back.
   The lead ballooned to its largest margin of nine as the first half came to an end with the Eagles up 21-12. City closed out with the last four points of the half on a bucket inside from Burlage. The senior forward returned the favor to fellow senior Maddie Hinen for a lay-up in the lane.
   Hinen joined forward Corinna Raypole with seven points a piece. Hinen used a three-pointer to score five of her seven in the first half. Raypole follewed up a foul troubled first half with all seven in the second half.