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The Teacher Wins this Round

Dec. 21, 2010

Warriors use big first half to top Mustangs

December 21, 2010 - By Jeff Fishbein, Sentinel sports editor, jfishbein@lewistownsentinel.com
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MIDDLEBURG - When Indian Valley (2-2) scored the first eight points of its non-league girls basketball game against Midd-West (0-2) Monday, it seemed like that whole "pupil defeating the master" thing was not working the way Danielle Warntz wanted.

Warntz, the Midd-West coach and Indian Valley's all-time leading scorer, learned a lot from Roger Herto, but the veteran coach succeeded in this one where his one-time charge couldn't - he found a way to get a young team to perform when he needed it to, and headed back down U.S. 522 with a 49-35 victory.

By the end of the first half, Obi-Wan Herto definitely had the edge in this one, and there would be no defeat of the empire for the team wearing traditional good-guy white in its own gym. It wasn't so much what Indian Valley did at times, as taking advantage of chances that were presented - an offense of opportunity, so to speak.

"I've got to keep reminding myself, we have about 13 or 14 points a game returning from last year. Some of these kids really haven't played that much together. They're starting to make some things happen," Herto said. "We're leaving here happy for a win. They're hearing from everybody negatives. I truly believe that after watching them and how they've grown every day at practice that we're not a .500 team - we can be better than that."

The Mustangs had trouble holding the ball. They couldn't hit the net. And foul trouble became an issue early in the second period. The one thing that was working well for Midd-West - a backcourt press - became problematic when the Warriors did get around it, because they used those openings to put the ball in the net.

The visitors also played off the tandem of Whitney Corbin and Sammie Chestnut, who as a duo created more of a threat than Midd-West could spread wide enough to handle. Mix in the strong defensive play of Indian Valley in general - and Dani Treaster in particular - and you've got a recipe for demise.

"Dani took who I thought was there best kid out of the game. We went in the zone and Dani was up top and she has a lot of work to do," Herto said. "I thought defensively, for the most part, for the fourth straight game we played pretty well. We did good things."

The shooting woes facing the Mustangs made it that much worse. Midd-West managed only 13 points in the first half, failing to score at all until the Warriors had an 8-0 lead. Warntz attributed some of that to shot selection, some to the Warriors' defensive effort and some just to the fact that her team was not penetrating to the inside.

Indian Valley, on the other hand, put up a dozen to open as Corbin hit three of the first four buckets in the game, then cruised through the second, where Chestnut scored nine more to double up on the Mustangs, 26-13, at the break.

Key to Indian Valley's success in the first half was the inability of Mustang Brittney Kuhns to get to the net. Overall, the Warrior defense earned its keep by forcing Midd-West to the outside, and the shots just weren't there. That changed a bit in the third, when Kuhns hit three in a row, starting with a 3-pointer, for seven of her 14 points. But that was the only time someone from her team scored more than twice in a quarter.

Corbin, who finished with 20 points, had to carry the load after a down second when Chestnut picked up her fourth foul and stepped out for several minutes. But Midd-West, which had the gap back to a single digit briefly in the second half, gave too many trips to the line to Indian Valley, which converted better than 50 percent for the game, and was in front by 15 with four minutes left to play.

There simply wasn't enough time to change that.

In junior varsity action, Indian Valley won 34-23. The high scorer for the Mustangs was Jorden Bailey with 12 points. Indian Valley was led by Taylor Deitrich with 10.




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