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 â€” Following an emotional loss to Columbia City Friday night, Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team responded with a win against the countyâ€™s other Lady Eagles, Churubusco.
â€śItâ€™s tough to play two county rivals back-to-back like that,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley said. â€śThereâ€™s always a fear of a let down after last (Friday) nightâ€™s loss.â€ť
The Lady Wildcats traveled to â€™Busco Saturday and won 56-37.
Olinske had 17 points â€” and Bradley is happy with her progress.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working on making her a more complete shooter; not just a set shooter,â€ť Bradley said. â€śSheâ€™s doing a great job adjusting.â€ť
Bradley said the team as a whole is doing a good job adjusting to new offensive and defensive schemes.
â€śTheyâ€™re still learning a lot. We have a whole new system,â€ť Bradley said.
Lady Eagle Savannah LaBenz scored three of her six points in the fourth quarter, but the rally wasnâ€™t enough to beat the Lady Wildcats, with the score settling at 56-37.
â€™Buscoâ€™s Coach Perlich gave Whitkoâ€™s defense credit for their efforts.
â€śTheir defense took us out of the game. Theyâ€™re athletic, theyâ€™re scrappy and theyâ€™re quick,â€ť Perlich said. â€śWe couldnâ€™t get the ball where we needed it to go.â€ť
After an emotional loss to Columbia City the night before, Bradley was proud of the teamâ€™s effort.
â€śThey played very well with all things considered,â€ť Bradley said. â€śNot once in all three of our games have I doubted the teamâ€™s effort. I havenâ€™t seen anybody not working hard.â€ť
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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