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Feb 16, 2011 - FINAL GAME AT IV GYM
Warrior girls blitz Clearfield in final outing
February 17, 2011 - By DREW PELLMAN, Sentinel sports reporter, firstname.lastname@example.orgSave |
HIGHLAND PARK - The sun has set on Indian Valley basketball. With the boys team finishing up its home season on Monday, the girls took center stage for the final time on Wednesday to close out their portion of the Warrior history books.
Coach Roger Herto admitted that he only made it halfway through his postgame speech before having to stop and regroup. With all the sadness and the many memories that will be left behind, the Warriors did their part to put some smiles in the old gym one more time. A quick start was too much for the Bison to overcome and Indian Valley ran away with a 64-38 victory over visiting Clearfield.
Indian Valley (10-12) had 17 players in uniform for the game. By the end of the night, each one of them participated and 11 of them got into the scoring column.
"When we got knocked out of the playoffs, I knew in my mind right away what I wanted to do with this game," Herto said. "No matter what, I wanted to make sure that every kid got in because, like I said, they're pretty much all seniors now.
"Some of these kids who may have ended up being varsity basketball players here, that may not happen for them at the new school and that's just a fact of life. So I wanted to make sure that every kid could say that they played in the last varsity game here at Indian Valley."
It was also the final Senior Night at Indian Valley as Herto and the Warrior fans honored their final basketball graduates, Dani Treaster and Priscilla Weaver.
"Priscilla and Dani - just very indicative of the type of kid that I like," Herto said. "Not always the prettiest looking player, but they're going to fight until the very end for 32 minutes. They were great leaders this year and really excelled. Both of them ended up playing their best basketball for us at the end, which as a coach you want to see. They did a great job of leading both on the court and off the court."
As far as the merger goes for Mifflin County girls basketball, the veteran coach is taking the positive approach.
"Twenty-four years ago I did this same thing at Kish," he said. "I can't believe that it was 24 years ago that we had a night just like this at Kish. We were playing Chief Logan and we were talking about the future and that future has been a great 24 years here. I think the same thing is going to happen again - we're going to have a great future with the new school because we have great kids in this building and Lewistown has great kids in their building."
Weaver and Sammie Chestnut dominated the paint to open the game with each scoring four points. Allie Sutton dialed long distance and Breanne Cline also hit a bucket for the Warriors, who led 13-7 after the first period of play.
Chestnut went off for eight more in the second stanza and got some help from Whitney Corbin, who connected for five points before the break. The Bison were held to just six in the frame by the Indian Valley defense as the home team took a commanding 31-13 lead into the locker room.
Clearfield had its best run of the night in the third quarter as it scored 18 points - nine of which came from junior Rachel Thompson. The visitors were unable to cut into their deficit, however, as Treaster scored seven points in the period to help the Warriors keep their 18-point margin at 49-31 with just one more quarter to play.
Much like the first half, Indian Valley buckled down on the defensive end in the fourth to hold Clearfield to just seven, while Chesnut, Corbin and Weaver stayed hot to finish out the contest.
Chestnut finished with 18 points to lead the way while Corbin added 13 and Weaver tallied 11 for the Warriors. Thompson was the only player in double figures for the Bison with 11. Indian Valley also won the junior varsity contest by a 39-30 count.
"Sports have always been a rallying point for this community," Herto said. "Sometimes it has been the rivalry, but now the neat thing is that we're all going to be in this together. I just think the benefits of that - what a team can do together - can help the community. Sports are a small part of it, but for our community, sports have been a very big part of things. Girls basketball in Mifflin County has been good and it will continue to be good."
Jan 29, 2011 - IV Back at .500
Warriors end drought
Offense is trouble for Juniata
January 29, 2011 - DREW PELLMAN, Sentinel sports reporter, email@example.com
MIFFLINTOWN - Earlier this season, the Indian Valley girls basketball team got its first victory of the season by holding Juniata to 31 points.
Friday night, it was more of the same. The Indians registered only one more point in the comfy confines of their own gym. The Warriors took control of the contest in the third quarter and never looked back, as they sent a four-game skid to the curb with a 41-32 Nittany Division victory.
"I always try to tell the kids that the season is a marathon and no one game makes or breaks a season, but we did lay it on the line tonight," Indian Valley coach Roger Herto said. "This was a must-win tonight for us. I can think of three or four times in 25 years that I have told varsity teams that, but we had to have this."
And as the old cliche goes, a win is a win.
"It wasn't a work of art, but I think mentally for our kids - we were coming off four losses - so just getting a win back was important confidence wise," Herto said. "I've got to commend Allie Sutton and Brooke Seler, who gave me about six or seven minutes when we had two bigs out with foul trouble. They did a great job for me defensively and running our offensive sets."
Juniata, despite having a solid first half, once again fell victim to not keeping up on the offensive end of the floor.
"I'm really proud of these kids. They played hard and I thought we executed some things better than we have all season - especially in the first half," Indians coach Meghan Geedey said. "When you struggle in your half-court sets, you have to get to the foul line and we haven't done that in some of our games lately. We did tonight. It's just a work in progress offensively."
Juniata scored four of the first five points of the game before Whitney Corbin took over the first quarter for the Warriors. She knocked down three field goals in addition to a free throw to give the visitors a slim 8-6 lead after one period.
It was two other starters who handled the scoring in the second - Sammie Chesnut inside and Dani Treaster around the perimeter. The pairing combined for 11 points in the frame, while Juniata's free throw shooting kept the Indians in the game. In all, they connected on eight of 10 shots at the line before halftime, but Indian Valley still held a 23-18 edge as the teams hit the locker room for the break.
The third quarter was the one that put the game out of Juniata's reach, as Indian Valley opened up its largest lead of 11 before settling for a 10-point margin with eight minutes still to play.
In the fourth, Corbin provided what Geedey called "the daggers" when she knocked down a pair of triples to salt the game away.
Juniata started two freshman - Carly Burns and Maddie Zendt - in addition to the host of youngsters that game off its bench.
"When I look at the practice floor, I always think that I have all these kids back next year," Geedey said. "And it's exciting to see them grow."
Herto once again had kind words to say about Geedey's program, just as he had after his home opener.
"A sign of a good coach, I think, is when your season is not going well, your kids keep playing hard," he said. "I know they haven't won in the league yet, but every other coach I've talked to has said that you're going to have to work (to beat them). That's a credit to coach Geedey that her kids are continuing to play - she's doing a real nice job with them and I know they're going to get one here."
Corbin had a game-high 17 points for the Warriors, while Treaster and Chesnut each entered double figures with 10 apiece. Four players with six points each topped the charts for the Indians - Alyssa Graybill, Riley Zimmerman, Burns and Zendt.
In JV action, Juniata secured a 35-23 victory over the Warriors.
Indian Valley (8-8) travels to Bald Eagle Area on Tuesday while the Indians (1-13) take part in Lewistown's Coaches vs. Cancer event this afternoon against Selinsgrove.
Jan 16, 2011 - IV Girls Too Much for the Mounties
Warriors win third straight
January 17, 2011 - By Kenny Varner, Sentinel correspondentSave |
HIGHLAND PARK - The Indian Valley girls basketball team made it three straight wins Saturday night. The Warriors (7-4) defeated a feisty Philipsburg-Osceola team that battled down to the final minutes before falling, 45-38 at the Indian Valley gym.
Leading the way offensively for the Warriors was Sammie Chestnut's 15-point effort. She also finished the contest with a double-double, collecting a game-high 18 rebounds. Teammate Priscilla Weaver chipped in 10 points in a workmanlike effort.
Philipsburg-Osceola tallied just one in double figures when Maureen Witters finished with 13 points.
After a strong win against Central Mountain on Thursday, the Warriors used that momentum going into the first half of their contest against the Mounties. In the first quarter, the Warriors unselfishly spread the ball to each other as five of the seven players who checked in got points. Leading the way was Weaver, as she tallied seven with strong play in the paint and along the baseline.
The Warriors opened the contest hitting the first five points of the ball game. Dani Treaster wasted little time putting Indian Valley on the board, taking the tip strong to the glass and getting fouled in the process. Treaster hit one-of-two.
Breanna Cline, who had an 11-rebound performance, got on the board with just under seven minutes to play, upping the lead to 3-0. Weaver ended the 5-0 run for the Warriors as she hit a runner in the lane.
Philipsburg cut the lead to just a bucket with one shot when sharpshooter Witters hit on her first of three triples on the night, making it 5-3.
Indian Valley went up 7-3 as Whitney Corbin hit her first field goal of the night on the Warriors' next possession, stretching the lead to four.
Chelsea Rex cut the Warrior lead back to two, hitting both attempts from the foul line.
However, Weaver upped the Warriors' lead by five as she scored a field goal and an extra shot after being fouled on the play, making it 10-5.
From there, the two teams both scored four points going into the second quarter with the Warriors still leading by five at 14-9.
Indian Valley's offense exploded for 16 points in the second quarter, while its defense clamped down on the opportunistic Mountie shooters, holding them to only seven.
The Warriors opened up the second period quickly, mounting a 12-2 run, led by four points from Chestnut. Allie Sutton, Alyssa Stackpole and Cline also hit shots for Indian Valley in the run.
When the two teams went into the intermission, Indian Valley had a double-digit lead at 31-15. But like they did for much of the game, the Mounties went to their three-point shooting to get them back in the game.
When the third quarter opened, Lauren Simcox hit two consecutive triples, bringing Philipsburg back to within striking distance at 31-21. Simcox added a second three in the period.
When the dust settled at the end of the third period, Philipsburg had chipped the Warrior lead to 40-31.
"We've been getting better every single game. We came out and played strong and it did not surprise me," Indian Valley coach Roger Herto said. "I thought we gave up a little more points than we should have. We came out and played with a lot of intensity. We shot the ball okay and had the lead at the half. Then for the first time this year, we take the court in the second half with a lead and we did not play with a lot intensity."
In the final stanza, the defense took over on both sides. Though the Mounties made a late charge to try to steal the game, the Warriors refused to let the game slip away, holding onto a 45-38 victory.
Jan 14, 2011 - Special Booster Meeting
In light of the Mifflin County School Board decision to merge Indian Valley and Lewistown high schools next year, we will have a special Booster Meeting MONDAY, January 17th at 7:00pm in the IVHS Media Room to make plans for finishing the 2010-2011 season.
Jan 13, 2011 - IV Girls Win at Central Mountain
Warriors secure key victory on the road
January 14, 2011Save |
From staff reports
MILL HALL - Winning against a solid team after a long bus ride isn't an easy thing to do in the Mountain League, but the Indian Valley girls basketball team accomplished just that on Thursday evening.
A three-point win in the third quarter was the difference in an important 37-34 road triumph.
"The game was what we expected - (Central Mountain) played very good defense, but I thought we played a little bit better defense though," Indian Valley coach Roger Herto said. "(Whitney) Corbin and (Sammie) Chesnut were our one-two punch tonight."
There was also an X-factor in the form of a Warrior senior.
"Priscilla Weaver, one of our two seniors, had her best game tonight," Herto said. "She ended up being the key player in the zone that we played and she was responsible for keeping a lot of Central Mountain points off the board. It was a big win for us - I'm really proud of the kids."
Corbin led the way win 20 points while Chesnut added 11 in the victory.
The Warriors (6-4, 4-2) are back in action on Saturday when they host Philipsburg-Osceola.
Jan 7, 2011 - IV Girls double up Bellefonte
Warriors double up visiting Raiders
January 7, 2011 - By KENNY VARNER, Sentinel correspondentSave |
HIGHLAND PARK - Thursday night at the Indian Valley gym might be one that the Warrior girls basketball players circle on their calendar as they head down the road toward the postseason.
After losing to cross-town rival Lewistown earlier in the week, the schedule didn't seem too helpful as the traditionally-tough Bellefonte girls came to town.
What the Red Raiders saw was a pumped up home team that was ready to show the fans that they weren't going leave with anything other than a victory.
And they did just that, defeating Bellefonte, 50-25.
It wasn't just winning the game that impressed their head coach Roger Herto, but the way it was done and how all his players came into the game ready for battle.
"From the halftime of the Lewistown game, we played two good quarters, and then we played four pretty good quarters tonight," Herto said. "Bellefonte is a decent team - I liked our approach, I thought it was very workmanlike. I saw them play with fire in their eyes tonight wanting to win and knowing we needed a win.
It's no secret, we have to keep our heads above water if we want to make the postseason."
Leading the way in scoring for the Warriors was sharpshooter Whitney Corbin who tallied 15 points in three and a half quarters. Teammate Breanna Cline missed a double-double by one point, finishing with nine.
In a losing effort, the Red Raiders were paced by Brooks Young. Young scored most of her points from the foul line as she went five of eight from the charity stripe and also hit a triple.
With the Red Raiders leading scorer out with an injury, the Warriors swarmed the Bellefonte offense early and often, starting in the very first minute of the game.
Bellefonte also made a strong effort on their defensive side, holding Indian Valley to only eight points in the quarter. Four of the five starters for the Warriors picked up a bucket.
Defensively, Indian Valley one-upped Bellefonte as it were able to lock out the inside and prevent good looks on the perimeter, resulting in no points for the visitors after one quarter.
Indian Valley also dominated the boards as teammates Sammie Chestnut and Breanna Cline both finished in double-figures in rebounding.
The offense got rolling for the Warriors in the second quarter as they posted 16 points while Bellefonte finally got on the board scoring six.
Leading 8-0 going into the second quarter, Indian Valley drew first blood when Dani Treaster took the ball strong to the basket and was fouled, making it an old-fashioned three-point play and increasing the lead to 11.
With 6:15 left in the second, Jenna Robb put Bellefonte on the scoreboard, hitting 1-of-2 from the free-throw line to make it 11-1.
The Warriors would stretch the lead to 16-1 before Bellefonte picked up its first field goal of the evening. Jillian Musser's jumper with 3:50 left in the half cut the deficit to 13.
From there Indian Valley would go on an 8-3 run to go into the intermission leading 24-6.
Leading the scoring in the quarter for Indian Valley was Cline with four while Bellefonte got a triple from guard Erica DeVinney.
In the third quarter, both teams increased the intensity as neither wanted to lift up on the pedal. It was also the closest scoring quarter of the game as the Warriors took the advantage in a 13-11 period.
In the final stanza, both teams were able to clear their benches and give some of the younger players some court time.
Those making the most of their time were Indian Valley's Alyssa Stackpole and Taylor Dietrich, who both notched a field goal while teammate Brooke Seler was 1-of-2 from the line.
Bellefonte also got some results from its bench as Cassandra Book and Erika Walker also hit for two points each.
In the JV contest, the Warriors were successful as well, defeating Bellefonte 28-18.
Jan 5, 2011 - IV Falls at Lewistown
Open scoring lane
Lewistown opens with 30 in paint
January 5, 2011 - By Drew Pellman, Sentinel sports reporterSave |
LEWISTOWN - Through the years, not many teams have relied on their guards like the Lewistown girls basketball team has. Nearly year in and year out, the Panthers have dominated the backcourt with speed, athleticism and the ability to score from the outside.
So on Tuesday night against cross-county rival Indian Valley, it was odd - and perhaps a bit stunning - to see the first 30 Lewistown points come from in the paint. The Panthers used the quick start to take control early en route to a 68-45 Mountain League victory over the Warriors.
Veteran coach Kevin Kodish said that he couldn't remember a game that started like this one during his coaching reign.
"I'm confident in saying that it's probably the first time ever in 27 years because we have been guard-oriented over the years," Kodish said with a smile. "But these (post players) have that capability and the (guards) found them. We weren't hitting the outside shot early."
Starting forward Cheyenne Stonerook and first substitution Chelsea Siddons were the beneficiaries of that early on as each tallied six points in the opening quarter.
"We took what was available to us and they finished the shots to give us the big lead and that loosened up their defense a little bit more," Kodish said.
Indian Valley coach Roger Herto was making his return to the rivalry after not being involved for the last two seasons. And it was pretty apparent to him as to where his team was beaten on this night.
"I told them before the game that the key to this game was not going to be the first shot at each end, but the second or the third," Herto said. "And in some cases tonight, it was the fourth or the fifth. In a nutshell, No. 20 killed us. Cheyenne just absolutely dominated the glass on both ends - she was the difference in that game."
Herto went to say how impressed he was with Stonerook's game following her setback last season.
"I had the pleasure of coaching her in softball when she was a kid - what a great kid, what a great family, and for her to come back from that ACL injury and do what she's done, that's a real credit to her," he said. "She just killed us - I joked with her after the game that you're not supposed to do that to friends, but she deserved everything she got and more."
Count Kodish among those who are glad to see Herto back on the bench.
"We were coaching against each other for so many years - it was weird the last two years not having him over there opposite of me on the sidelines," he said. "It felt like Lewistown and Indian Valley again having Roger over there. It's a great rivalry between the schools and it was a nice occasion to have him back there."
Aside from Lewistown's duo inside, a layup from Logan Snyder was the only other field goal of the first quarter for the Panthers while Indian Valley managed a bucket apiece from Dani Treaster and Whitney Corbin to make it 14-4 at the end of one.
It was more of the same in the second, as Stonerook and Siddons combined for 12 more, Snyder added six and Olivia Halfpenny got in the mix with five. Corbin and Treaster hit triples for the Warriors and Breanna Cline added a deuce, but the visitors were unable to keep up as Lewistown increased its lead to 22 at 37-15 by the half.
Indian Valley showed that it had no plans to quit when the teams returned from the break, as Corbin struck for 12 points from beyond the arc in the third quarter alone. Couple that with three points from Priscilla Weaver and three more from Sammie Chesnut and the Warriors won their only stanza of the night (18-13) to cut the Panthers' lead to 50-33 with one more period remaining.
But Lewistown freshman Ashleigh Williams, who was held to just two points through three quarters, found her touch in the fourth with seven quick points to put the hammer down on any comeback thoughts that Indian Valley may have had.
Corbin added seven more points in the final frame for a game-high 24 points, but Lewistown's balanced attack featured four players that reached double digits in scoring. Stonerook's 20 led the way and was followed by Snyder (12), Siddons (12) and Williams (10). Just missing out of that group was Halfpenny, who finished with nine.
"It's nice to see that many players in double figures," Kodish said. "You obviously want to see a good rounded team effort."
Herto said that Corbin, as well as her teammates, did a solid job of stepping up in the second half after a slow start.
"We realize that offense is not one of our strengths and everybody knows that she is the player that we have to get the ball to sometimes," he said. "That's a credit to her and her teammates that it's happening. We still need other people to step up to give us that one-two punch, but I thought after what was a very timid first half, we had a pretty good second half."
Lewistown (7-1, 3-1) hosts Juniata on Thursday night before stepping out of the league for an anticipated battle at Greenwood on Saturday. The Warriors (4-4) also return to action Thursday when they will welcome in Bellefonte.
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