Post and Mail photo / James Thomlison
Whitko's Karissa Olinske takes the ball to the hoop for two of her 17 points Saturday night.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Following an emotional loss to Columbia City Friday night, Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team responded with a win against the county‚Äôs other Lady Eagles, Churubusco.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs tough to play two county rivals back-to-back like that,‚ÄĚ Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs always a fear of a let down after last (Friday) night‚Äôs loss.‚ÄĚ
The Lady Wildcats traveled to ‚ÄôBusco Saturday and won 56-37.
Olinske had 17 points ‚ÄĒ and Bradley is happy with her progress.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been working on making her a more complete shooter; not just a set shooter,‚ÄĚ Bradley said. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs doing a great job adjusting.‚ÄĚ
Bradley said the team as a whole is doing a good job adjusting to new offensive and defensive schemes.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre still learning a lot. We have a whole new system,‚ÄĚ Bradley said.
Lady Eagle Savannah LaBenz scored three of her six points in the fourth quarter, but the rally wasn‚Äôt enough to beat the Lady Wildcats, with the score settling at 56-37.
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs Coach Perlich gave Whitko‚Äôs defense credit for their efforts.
‚ÄúTheir defense took us out of the game. They‚Äôre athletic, they‚Äôre scrappy and they‚Äôre quick,‚ÄĚ Perlich said. ‚ÄúWe couldn‚Äôt get the ball where we needed it to go.‚ÄĚ
After an emotional loss to Columbia City the night before, Bradley was proud of the team‚Äôs effort.
‚ÄúThey played very well with all things considered,‚ÄĚ Bradley said. ‚ÄúNot once in all three of our games have I doubted the team‚Äôs effort. I haven‚Äôt seen anybody not working hard.‚ÄĚ
Bradley said the team is looking forward to taking some time to relax before hosting Elkhart Memorial Saturday.
Churubusco will travel to Lakeland Christian Tuesday.
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