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IV Girls Fall to Lady Eagles

Dec. 18, 2010

Early mistakes cost Warriors in defeat

December 18, 2010 - DREW PELLMAN, Sentinel sports reporter, dpellman@lewistownsentinel.com
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HIGHLAND PARK - Offense, defense and rebounding can be worked on throughout the course of a basektball season. Effort, however, is either there from the start or it isn't.

The bad news for the Indian Valley girls basketball team Friday night was that it couldn't dig out of an early hole and dropped a Mountain League contest to Bald Eagle Area, 51-38. Roger Herto's squad got beat on the scoreboard, but not in the category of hustle and that will go a long way as to what Indian Valley gets out of the long season ahead.

Their downfall on this night came in the form of a high numbers of turnovers and a first quarter that saw the visiting Eagles put 20 points on the scoreboard. Some of those lost possessions, Herto said, were a credit to what Brandy Preslovich has done with the program at Bald Eagle Area. Others were unforced mistakes that must be limited as the year progresses.

"I told (Preslovich) after the game that she's doing a great job when you look at where the program was at when she came and where it's at now," Herto said. "They did some good things tonight, but having said that, I thought we beat ourselves. You can't give the ball up as many times as we did - granted a lot of them were forced - but many were the one's where you just want to cringe."

And what made it more difficult to take was the fact that the unforced ones seemed to come at the most inopportune times in the game.

"There were so many that we would just shoot ourselves in the foot every time we made a run at them," Herto continued. "But I thought we lost the game in the first quarter. Our team plays pretty decent defense. There's no way we're giving up 20 points in the first quarter - no way - and we did."

Eight of those points came from sophomore guard Marissa Ward while Anne Hoover and Maggie Meek chipped in with four apiece. Senior Dani Treaster did her part to keep the Warriors within striking distance with six points in the opening frame and junior Allie Sutton hit a key three-ball as well. At the end of the first though, Indian Valley found itself in a 20-13 hole.

That deficit grew to 13 at 32-19 by halftime behind the same two scoring threats - Ward and Meek - who combined for another eight points in the second quarter. On the flipside, Indian Valley managed only three field goals as a team in the same frame.

The group of Warriors that emerged from the locker room, however, was not the same bunch that played the first half - at least not as far as the game was concerned. Indian Valley turned up the heat on the defensive end, holding its guests to just seven third-quarter points while putting up nine itself to drop the margin to 11 with one more stanza coming up.

But when the Warriors needed to make up ground in a hurry, they were only matching the unbeaten Eagle team. Herto's club got as close to eight at 46-38, but Bald Eagle Area hit its free throws down the stretch to move to 3-0 on the year.

"The team that came on the floor and played in the second half - I was pretty proud of that team," Herto said. "We still made some mistakes, but I thought we played hard and I thought we played focused."

Ward concluded the contest with a game-high 16 points while Meek tallied 14 for Eagles. Treaster and Whitney Corbin each recorded nine points for Indain Valley and Sammie Chesnut had seven.

The Warriors (1-2, 1-1) travel out of conference on Monday to battle Midd-West at 7:30 p.m.




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