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FINAL GAME AT IV GYM
Feb. 16, 2011
Warrior girls blitz Clearfield in final outing
February 17, 2011 - By DREW PELLMAN, Sentinel sports reporter, email@example.comSave |
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."
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