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Lady Wolverines topple Linton-Stockton

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Carlie Booe (20) of Linton-Stockton dribbles while being defended by WRV's Lexi Graves during a high school girls basketball game at Linton Thursday night. The Lady Wolverines won 53-22. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
After a pair of games that saw them struggle shooting the basketball, the White River Valley Lady Wolverines recovered enough to post a 53-22 Southwestern Indiana Athletic win over host Linton-Stockton Thursday night.

The victory also guarantees them at least a share of the SWIAC title.

Meanwhile the loss continued the offensive struggles for the Lady Miners while the Lady Wolverines finally got their offense back on track.

Allison Wininger of White River Valley (10) is guarded by Courtney Johnson of Linton-Stockton Thursday night. The Lady Wolverines won the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference high school girls basketball game 53-22. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
"I'm pleased," WRV (11-8, 7-1) coach A.J. Graves said. "The worst thing that could've happened was we came over here and not done the things we've been building up to.

"The last three or four games we've been building up to accepting our roles, playing within our offense, being aggressive on defense -- and tonight you saw that -- it's going in the right direction and that's what we need to do because sectionals are a couple of weeks away and we need to get ready for them."

WRV finished the night connecting on 21 of 53 attempts from the field and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc.

All the while the White River Valley defense was containing the Lady Miners. They were held to just 2 of 11 shooting in the first half and were a dismal 8 for 33 in the game.

Senior Joie Gadberry led the Lady Miners with six points while Mercedes Shafford added five.

WRV led 11-3 at the first stop then amped things up leading 26-6 at the intermission and 30-13 after three quarters.

In the final stanza WRV really got the offense rolling outscoring the Lady Miners 23-9.

The night wasn't without a few mishaps on the part of the Lady Wolverines, but Graves was generally pleased with the way his team spread out the wealth and played a complete team game.

"That's the way basketball is, you will make mistakes at the offensive and defensive ends," he said. "But what our girls did was move on to the next play and didn't let it affect them.

"They came back strong and that's something we've been working on, not to let it affect us if something happens."

The wealth was spread nicely among the Lady Wolverines as two players -- Allison Wininger (19 points, three rebounds) and Shannon Pittman (10 points, eight rebounds) -- reached double figures to lead an offense that saw nine of the 11 players who took to the court score at least one point.

"It was an all-around effort," Graves said. "It was nice to see Allison have a good game, she's been struggling a little lately. We moved her to some different spots and got her some open shots then she knocked them down."

Maddy Dyer finished with just four points, but Graves was happy with the way she was moving the ball around and hustling for the four rebounds she hauled in and three steals she pick-pocketed from the Lady Miners.

"Maddy did a great job defending some of the best players on the other team and she did a great job again tonight," Graves said. "So I'm proud of the entire team."

For Linton-Stockton it was another case of reverting back to old struggles on the offensive end of the floor according to L-S (3-16, 0-7) coach Brad McKinney.

"We went back into our offensive woes," he said. "We've been doing a little better job of putting points on the board and tonight we had open looks -- some that were down and then back out.

"Offensively our first half, especially, we were running our offense and the looks were there. We either missed the cutters or threw the ball away."

In the second half McKinney said he made a few changes. Even thought he shooting improved, things were still tough for the home team.

"We missed some people there too," he said. "We didn't execute very well in the offensive end, taking care of the ball or hitting the shots when we had them."

Defensively the Lady Miners allowed WRV too many wide open shots according to McKinney, especially to Wininger who drilled four of the five treys for her team and went 4 for 6 from distance.

"We forgot where Wininger was and she killed us, she had those nice looks for three," McKinney said. "I told the girls before the game started if she gets loose for two (treys), she's good for six or eight.

"When she gets rolling the rest of the team gets rolling. They had not shot the ball well the last couple of games and my worst fear was that they were going to get rolling -- and they did."

WRV can still win the title outright if Eastern Greene, who defeated Clay City Thursday night as well, defeats North Daviess on Monday night.

If North Daviess defeats the Lady Thunderbirds, both the Lady Cougars and Lady Wolverines will have identical 7-1 marks in the league and will share the crown.

The Lady Wolverines return to action Wednesday when they host Washington Catholic while the Lady Miners will play again on Monday when they wrap up their SWIAC slate with a home game against North Central.

There was no junior varsity contest at the request of Linton-Stockton.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY (53) -- Allison Wininger 7-12 1-1 19, Megan Lemmons 1-1 0-2 2, Madison Hockman 2-6 0-1 4, Lexi Graves 0-5 0-0 0, Maddy Dyer 2-7 0-0 4, Briauna George-Fisher 3-4 0-1 7, Shannon Pittman 4-8 2-4 10, Ashley Hooks 2-3 0-0 4, Jasmine Padgett 0-2 0-0 0, Amy Ragle 0-4 1-2 1, Brittani George-Fisher 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 21-53 6-13 53.

LINTON-STOCKTON (22) -- Joie Gadberry 2-7 2-5 6, Mercedes Shafford 2-4 1-2 5, Courtney Johnson 1-4 1-2 3, Brilee Parker 1-3 0-0 2, Carlie Booe 1-7 0-0 3, Jacklyn Nash 0-2 1-2 1, Maddie Robison 1-4 0-1 2, Hope Swiger 0-0 0-0 0, Carlie Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Michaela Cole 0-0 0-0 0, Selena Bowman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 8-33 5-10 22.

White River Valley 11 15 4 23 -- 63

Linton-Stockton 3 3 7 9 -- 22

3-point shooting -- White River Valley 5-13 (Wininger 4-6, Bri. George-Fisher 1-1, Hockman 0-2, Ragle 0-3, Hooks 0-1, Graves 0-3), Linton-Stockton 1-10 (Booe 1-4, Johnson 0-2, Gadberry 0-2, Nash 0-2). Rebounds -- White River Valley 40 (Pittman 8), White River Valley 23 (Johnson 5). Steals -- White River Valley 14 (Dyer 3), Linton-Stockton 6 (Johnson 2, Gadberry 2). Blocks -- White River Valley 3 (Pittman 3), Linton-Stockton 1 (Gadberry). Turnovers -- White River Valley 9, Linton-Stockton 18. Total fouls -- White River Valley 13, Linton-Stockton 14. Fouled out -- Robison. Technical fouls -- none. No junior varsity.

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Been a while since I attended a game at Linton. But you have to give them credit, when you go to a Linton High School game, they put on a great show. Pre-game presentation of the Colors done very nicely, Mike Puckett had his band in top form (as usual) Rifle Corps, Flags & Cheerleaders making noise & the half time Miner Cadets took to the floor for their dance routine, (Great job too ladies!) When you go see a game at Linton, you know this is a great look at Indiana High School sports, regardless of the outcome.

-- Posted by "just sayin" on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 10:15 AM

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