SOUTH WHITLEY — As any coach and its a whole other season within a season.
Saturday marked the start of the new season for Whitko (3-4) girls’ basketball. If the Three Rivers Conference opener was any indication, the Lady Wildcats are on track for big things amongst the conference’s best.
After a sub-par start to the season, the Lady Wildcats set the tone for the TRC schedule all but erasing North Miami (2-5) from the conference map. Whitko shot 47 percent from the field in a home victory over the Lady Warriors 72-31.
A strong night at the free throw line also helped the cause. Whitko went 27-for-33 from the charity strike.
North Miami scored only seven field goals for the game, getting the rest of its points on a 16-for-27 night at the foul line.
By the end of the first quarter, Whitko had a double digit lead 18-5 and as halftime came the game was already in the hands of the home team.
The Wildcats led 39-14 at the break thanks to two Lady Wildcats that tied for a game-high 20 points apiece.
Juniors Karissa Olinske and Micaela Sylvester put a combined 30 points in the first half. Sylvester scored all 20 of her points over the course of the first two quarters going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Olinske spent most of her night hitting from the perimeter connecting on three three-pointers.
Six other Lady Wildcats got in the scoring column with Whitko averaging 18 points a quarter Saturday night. Others scorers were; Rachelle Kessie 8, Cassie Jones 8, Katee Reiff 6, Nicole Slaymaker 5, Jordan Hall 3, Cadney Craig 2.
Churubusco 32, Westview 60
GOSHEN — A long trip to Westview (3-4) Saturday night had the Churubusco (2-6) girls’ basketball team returning with a 60-32 loss to the Lady Warriors.
Westview was led by Carpenter’s game-high 23 points. The Warriors shot 45 percent from the field while ’Busco struggled at 26 percent.
The Lady Eagles trailed 38-18 at halftime. Westview out rebounded Churubusco 25-16.
Junior Heather Monk had a team-best seven points to go along with six rebounds.
Other scorers for Churubusco were: Audrey Miller 6, Kasey Gibson 5, Haleigh Gross 5, Alex Walker 3, Savannah Labenz 2, Nicole Wormcastle 2, Clander Blake 2.