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IV Girls double up Bellefonte
Jan. 7, 2011
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.
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