BY JOHN DUBOIS
Both the Westville Lady Tigers and the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Lady Buffaloes have gotten off to fast starts in Vermilion Valley Conference play winning three of their first four games, but each team is also recently coming off their first VVC loss.
Led by 17 points each from Callan Hall and Brittany Hay and 15 points from Maya Green the Buffaloes broke open a close game in the second quarter and cruised to a 55-35 win.
Green scored eight of her points in the first quarter, Hay had eight in the second, and Hall eight in the third.
“I’m definitely happy with our scoring balance,’’ Georgetown-Ridge Farm coach Michelle Brooks said. “We instituted a few new offenses tonight which we had run a little last year, but the girls had tweaked them some this year. We were able to execute the offenses well and our interior passing was very solid.’’
Green was hot early, scoring six of the Buffaloes first 11 points, but the Tigers were able to hang around and following a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Ashley Hoffman the Tigers had cut the Buffaloes’ lead to 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Hay would finish the quarter with six points and continued her hot shooting early in the second quarter as the Buffaloes opened the period on a 10-0 run pushing their lead to 25-15.
“We try to play every quarter like it’s the first quarter,’’ Brooks said. “We felt like we had lost some intensity towards the end of the first quarter and knew we had to step it up and we were able to do so.’’
The Buffaloes would take a 32-16 lead into halftime. The Tigers played much of the second quarter with four freshman and senior Danielle Gabehart who led Westville with 11 points.
“I was trying to find a spark at that point in the game,’’ Westville coach Mike Chandler said. “Freshmen make mistakes but they had done some nice things in the JV game tonight, and I was hoping for some energy. The freshmen did play hard and Danielle did some nice things though her shot wasn’t falling like it had been.’’
Hall got her offensive game going in the third after scoring three points in the first half.
The Buffaloes would lead by as many as 22 points, and ended the period with a 44-24 lead. Both teams would score eleven points in the fourth.
“We didn’t foul as much (eight team fouls) as we have been,’’ Brooks said. “We are an intense team and we are going to foul, but as the team has grown to rely on one another more we have been able to cut down the fouls.’’
Brooks was happy with the adjustments her team made following a loss to Oakwood last week.
“We were able to refocus following that loss,’’ she said. “You can either learn from it and move on, or put your head down. We have focused all year on taking steps forward and we were able to do that tonight.’’
The Tigers are now 5-8 overall, 3-2 in the VVC, and return to action at home Thursday against Schlarman Academy.
“We just had too many defensive breakdowns tonight,’’ Chandler said. “They got up on us and we were never able to get back over the hump.’’
The Buffaloes move to 10-2 overall, 4-1 VVC and are on the road Thursday at Hoopeston Area.