Whippets' press smothers Tide
Whitewater High’s girls basketball team put on a clinic Thursday night on how to execute the full-court press.
The Whippets forced Edgerton into 39 turnovers in cruising to a 58-21 Rock Valley North win.
Whitewater (4-2, 3-1) raced out to an 18-0 lead and never looked back. Edgerton (3-4, 2-3) did not reach double digits in scoring in any quarter and turned the ball over against the full-court press on five straight possessions in the first quarter.
“We’re a veteran team and Edgerton is not, and that allowed us to take advantage of a few things,” Whitewater coach Judy Harms said. “I’ve been harping on our kids to pick up the intensity, especially early in games, and they went out and did that tonight.
“We’ve been working on a few things, and tonight we were able to see what we’re strongest at.”
Whitewater is back to full strength with the return of freshman center Myrianna Smith-Traore from a foot injury, and the Whippets spread the wealth against the Crimson Tide.
Kailey Reynolds, Dani Dolan and Sarah Schumacher scored 11 points each to lead the Whippets, while all-time school scoring leader Brooke Trewyn added nine. Nine players scored for Whitewater, which led 31-9 at half.
Edgerton got a team-high seven points from Amanda Stock off the bench but had no answer for the relentless press. The Crimson Tide had 23 turnovers in the first half and failed to get the ball past midcourt numerous times.
Harms subbed freely in the second half, with her starters sitting out most of the fourth quarter, the Whippets comfortably ahead.
“Everyone on this team can score, and I hope you’re going to seeing different players scoring in double figures quite often,” Harms said. “Brooke doesn’t need to do everything for us, and that’s what you saw tonight.
“We’re not going to get where we want to be if we don’t continue to run the court, keep up the intensity and stay after it. We were able to do that tonight.”