SOUTH WHITLEY — After a tough county loss to Columbia City Lady Eagles Friday night, the Whitko Lady Wildcats took out their frustration on the Churubusco Lady Eagles Saturday.
“This group is working as hard, if not harder than any team we’ve had, we’ll never doubt their work ethic and effort and their desire to win,” Whitko head coach Rob Bell said.
’Busco put up a fight, but the Lady Wildcats came out on top with a 67-48 win.
Whitko came out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but the Lady Eagles battled back and tried to gain momentum with a last second basket by senior Alex Walker bringing the score to 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
There were 36 free throws in the second quarter, with both teams in the double bonus. Whitko scored 14 of 18 free throws, while the Lady Eagles scored 6 of 18.
Whitko’s Cagney Craig topped off the half with a jump shot from the free throw line, bringing the score to 44-24.
Whitko’s Micaela Sylvester scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half.
“She’s (Sylvester) done a good job and she’s stepping into that leadership role as point guard and taking control of the team,” Bell said.
Also scoring 19 for the Lady ’Cats was Karissa Olinske.
The third quarter started off similar to the first half, with seven fouls called in the first four minutes, five of them from the Lady ’Cats.
“We got in some early foul trouble on the post and lost our focus, we weren’t as solid as the first two games,” Bell said.
Whitko gained on their lead, finishing out the quarter 53-34.
’Busco continued fighting until the final minutes of the game, scoring five points in the last minute.
Leading in scoring for the Lady Eagles were Savannah Labenz with 13 and Morgan Young with nine.
Whitko is looking to continue to improve for the games to come.
“We’re still relatively young, we’re still learning,” Bell said.