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IV Girls Too Much for the Mounties
Jan. 16, 2011
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.
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