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WRV remains atop conference at BHS expense

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

White River Valley's Maddy Dyer gets behind the Bloomfield defense during a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference high school girls basketball game Tuesday night at Bloomfield High School. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
BLOOMFIELD -- There's just no easier way to put it than Tuesday's Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference girls basketball clash between host Bloomfield and White River was ugly.

The two teams combined for 61 turnovers, shot a combined 25 percent (17 of 39) from the field, connected on just 19 of 56 total free throws (.339) and scored a total of six points in the third quarter.

When the ugliness was over and things were finally settled, the Lady Wolverines maintained their place atop the SWIAC standings with a 42-26 win.

White River Valley's Lexi Graves (31) is squeezed by the Bloomfield pair of Kristin Hall (left) and Alicia Hasler during a conference and county girls basketball battle at Glover Gymnasium Tuesday night. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
"I thought we did pretty good in the first half and I made sure the girls knew that when we come into Bloomfield's gym we had to set the tone early," WRV (7-3, 6-0) coach A.J. Graves said. "We had to make sure we were playing the game we wanted to play."

Between the two of them, one had a bad first half -- the Lady Cardinals -- and the other had a bad second half.

Bloomfield came out shooting cold.

They missed their first 17 shots of the game and found themselves trailing 17-5 at the first stop and 30-10 at the intermission.

Their only saving grace in the first eight minutes was a less than stellar performance at the charity stripe.

Hitting just one field goal in the first half -- trey from Kylee Moody at the 3:03 mark of the second quarter -- they were left with seven successful free throws to account for their tally.

"Our first half was just horrible," Bloomfield (2-2, 4-6) coach Chris Hitchcock said. "We scored just 10 points and gave up 30."

Things reversed themselves in the second half as the Lady Wolverines found themselves struggling to just hang onto the basketball.

"When you have a 20-point lead you have to sustain that, you have to keep going," Graves said. "I thought we played a little timid and I didn't think we had our foot on the pedal like we did in the first half.

"Once the momentum shifted to Bloomfield we couldn't stop it. We tried and we tried and we tried."

WRV committed turnovers on their first eight possessions (13 in all in the frame), missed six times from the field and had only one free throw fall through the twine.

"That was one of the worst halves WRV has played since I've been here, it was pretty bad," Graves said. "I told them sometimes things just don't go right, you just can't get things together and you stuck it out as a team and that's all that matters -- it's a SWIAC win, it's a road win, now let's get out of here."

It came at the 2:00 minute mark when Allison Wininger kept the Lady Wolverines from being shutout.

"I was happy with our defensive effort in the second quarter," Hitchcock said. "We gave up only one field goal and outscored them 16-12 in the second half."

Wininger turned out to be the star of the game who was, at best, lost in the comedy of errors the contest turned out to be.

She picked up 12 points and hauled in 15 of WRV's 43 total rebounds. Despite her efforts, she finished two points shy of earning leading scorer honors.

That went to teammate Maddy Dyer who finished with 14. Dyer also provided an omen of things to come when she stepped into the passing lane on Bloomfield's first pass attempt of the night and raced to give the Lady Wolverines a 2-0 lead.

It was a margin that grew to double figures for most of the game, that is until the Lady Cardinals exploited WRV's poor showing in the third quarter to cut the lead to nine at 31-22 with just over four and a half minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

"I just so proud that they stuck together and got the win," Graves said. "Now let's move on to Thursday."

That's when the Lady Wolverines will continue their quest for a SWIAC title when they take on Eastern Greene in a 6 p.m. contest at Little Cincinnati.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to Springs Valley on the same night at the same time.

The junior varsity contest saw the Lady Wolverines post a 28-20 win.

Amy Ragle led WRV with 10 points while Ashley Hooks added nine, Jasmine Padgett six, Shannon Pittman two and Miranda Pierce one.

Lilly Hancock and Rachel Woods also played for the winners.

Bloomfield was led by Moody with eight followed by Cheyenne Wikle with four. Shelby Patton, Averi Workman and Aubrey Adams added two each while Madison Toon and Marisa McIntosh added one each.

Ceci Craig, Emily Bucher, Meaghan Bond and Mariah Long also played for BHS.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY (42) -- Allison Wininger 3-8 4-6 12, Megan Lemmons 1-1 3-4 5, Madison Hockman 0-1 4-6 4, Maddy Dyer 6-13 0-4 14, Lexi Graves 0-2 1-3 1, Amy Ragle 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon Pittman 2-7 2-2 6, Lexi Pearson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-32 4-14 42.

BLOOMFIELD (26) -- Emily Bucher 0-3 0-0 0, Kari Schulte 0-3 1-2 1, Alicia Hasler 4-8 2-2 5, Elena Weddle 0-8 6-15 6, Kristin Hall 1-2 0-1 2, Aubrey Adams 0-1 1-2 1, Shelby Patton 0-0 0-0 0, Marisa McIntosh 0-3 0-0 0, Cheyenne Wikle 0-1 0-0 0, Meaghan Bond 1-4 1-4 4, Kylee Moody 2-4 1-1 6, Madison Toon 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 5-37 11-31 26.

White River Valley 17 13 1 11 -- 42

Bloomfield 5 5 5 11 -- 26

3-point shooting -- White River Valley 4-7 (Wininger 2-4, Dyer 2-3), Bloomfield 3-10 (Hasler 1-4, Bond 1-1, Moody 1-2, Adams 0-1, McIntosh 0-2). Rebounds -- White River Valley 43 (Wininger 15), Bloomfield 29 (Weddle 9). Steals -- White River Valley 18 (Dyer 7), Bloomfield 11 (Hasler 3). Blocks -- White River Valley none, Bloomfield 2 (Weddle, McIntosh). Turnovers -- White River Valley 32, Bloomfield 29. Total fouls -- White River Valley 20, Bloomfield 19. Fouled out -- Weddle, Dyer. Technical fouls -- none. Junior Varsity -- White River Valley 28, Bloomfield 20.

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