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Lady Lakers fall to Riverton Parke

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shakamak's Kelsey Fulford drives baseline during a high school girls basketball game Tuesday night at Jasonville. The Lady Lakers lost to visiting Riverton Parke 63-37. The Lady Panthers improved to 8-1. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- Heading into Tuesday's game with Class A No. 8 Riverton Parke, Shakamak girls basketball coach Troy Fougerousse knew he had his full.

When the dust had settled and the game was over his team had dropped a 63-37 decision to the Lady Panthers.

"We knew we would have our hands full," Fougerousse said. "But we wanted the girls to come in and compete."

Shakamak's Sierra Hudson plays defense for the Lady Lakers in a high school girls basketball game at Jasonville Tuesday night. Visiting Riverton Parke, ranked No. 8 in Class A, defeated SHS 63-37. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
After being held to single digits in the first two quarters as Riverton Parke jumped to a 22-8 lead at the first stop and a converted that into a 32-15 lead at the break, Shakamak shook off the early cloud they appeared to be fighting.

The second half was a case of improving returns over the course of the two frames. They were outscored 20-10 in the third before winning the final stanza 12-11.

The loss was really a side story to what Fougerousse wanted to see from his team. He wanted to see them accomplish certain goals and for the most part they did that.

"On the offensive end of the floor we wanted all five people to attack the basket and we got that at times in the second half," Fougerousse said. "When you play against good teams, you've got to be able to defensive rebound and protect the basketball on our offensive end.

"We did that for about two quarters tonight and against good teams you have to do that for four quarters a night."

Fougerousse knew it would be tough to stop RP's 5-9 senior sniper Sara Dickey. He also knew his team was capable of slowing down the 24 points per game average she carried -- she ended the night with 20 points.

"With a team as good as Riverton Parke they're going to come at you on the defensive end and you know that Dickey is going to score the ball," Fougerousse said. "We wanted to come out and make sure that we could play with a lot of intensity and effort on the defensive -- and I think we did that."

He noted that despite the game-high tally from Dickey, his team played solid defense in the halfcourt set.

"We played pretty solid halfcourt defense," he said. "The Dickey girls didn't go off for 30 on us."

Fougerousse noted that of the 33 rebounds -- and just for the record the Lady Lakers matched that total -- his team yielded almost half were offensive rebounds that went the way of the Lady Panthers.

"I think we gave up 14 offensive rebounds," he said. "Of those 14 rebounds I would say they got 20 points."

With that aside, there were plenty of bright spots in the mix according to Fougerousse. He said several players came out and gave a very solid effort. One that gives him hope things are on the upswing.

He saw solid performances from Kelsey Pilant (17 points, seven rebounds), Jerri Beck (five points, six rebounds), Kelsey Fulford (eight points, four rebounds), and Megan Phipps (five points, two rebounds, one steal) among others.

"When we come out and all five players attacked the basket we can be pretty good," he said.

Riverton Parke won the junior varsity contest by a 28-16 tally.

Kiera Samm led the Lady Lakers with six points followed by Federica Arena, Casey Reynolds, Diamond Hinkle, Kimberly Kaho and Kayla Gallagher with two points each.

Cassie Beck also played for Shakamak.

The Lady Lakers (2-6) return to action Saturday when they host Edgewood beginning at 11 a.m.

RIVERTON PARKE (63) -- Rachel Austin 4-6 1-3 9, Kenzie Pollard 3-7 0-0 8, Paige Yando 4-13 4-9 12, Sara Dickey 8-20 4-4 20, Kelly Combs 1-3 0-0 3, Kori Wood 1-4 0-0 3, Shelby Virotsko 1-7 1-2 3, Emily Virotsko 0-1 1-2 1, Jessie Organ 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Bennell 0-3 4-4 4, Lindsey Higgins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 15-24 63.

SHAKAMAK (37) -- Kelsey Fulford 3=9 2-2 8, Jeri Beck 2-4 1-2 5, Kelsey Pilant 7-15 3-8 17, Megan Phipps 2-7 1-2 5, Sierra Hudson 1-5 0-1 2, Casey Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Cassie Beck 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Gallagher 0-1 0-0 0, Kierra Samm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-41 7-15 37.

Riverton Parke 22 10 20 11 -- 63

Shakamak 8 7 10 12 -- 37

3-point shooting -- Riverton Parke 4-19 (Pollard 2-6, Wood 1-1, Combs 1-3, Yando 0-4, E. Virotsko 0-1, Dickey 0-5), Shakamak 0-4 (Fulford 0-2, Phipps 0-1, Hudson 0-1). Rebounds -- Riverton Parke 33 (Dickey 6), Shakamak 33 (Pilant 7). Steals -- Riverton Parke 21 (Dickey 9), Shakamak 7 (J. Beck 3, Hudson 3). Blocks -- Riverton Parke 4 (Dickey 2, Austin 2), Shakamak 2 (Pilant 2). Turnovers -- Riverton Parke 11, Shakamak 30. Total fouls -- Riverton Parke 14, Shakamak 15. Fouled out -- J. Beck. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Riverton Parke 28, Shakamak 16.

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