Hornets finish sixth
Rossville sophomore Sydney Hrdlicka scores an open layup during the second half of Saturday’s contest at the Indiana Kitchen Classic. Rossville lost the game 54-26 to North White.
Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:00 am
BY JIMMY GILLISPIE firstname.lastname@example.org
DELPHI — Two nights after the Rossville girls’ basketball team won its first game of the 2013-14 season, it ran into a hot-shooting team from North White.
The Hornets beat Faith Christian on Thursday in the Indiana Kitchen Classic. On Saturday, they fell behind early to North White, who shot right under 50 percent each half. North White won the fifth-place game 54-26 over the Hornets.
“What you saw is North White shot lights out from the beginning,” Rossville head coach Michael Gick said. “You also saw three games in our legs tonight. We’ve been passing and running a lot. Tonight, I think you saw our legs wear out a bit. I think our effort and heart was there, but the bodies didn’t have one more game left in them tonight. With that being said, we got outrebounded tonight. Although there weren’t a lot of rebounding opportunities tonight, because they didn’t miss a lot of shots.”
North White came out shooting well and continued through most of the game. The Vikings led 13-3 after the first quarter and 30-10 at the half as they made shot and Rossville struggled to find its rhythm offensively. The Vikings made 14-of-29 shots, including a pair of three-pointers in the first half.
They shot similar numbers in the second half as they made 11-of-22 field goals. They struggled, however, at the free throw line, making 1-of-9 for the game.
Rossville played tough for the entire game but couldn’t muster enough offense to catch the Vikings.
Junior Breanna Wainscott scored 10 of her 14 points during the final 10 minutes of the game. She scored the final 10 points for the Hornets as she sank a three-pointer, made a three-point play, shot a layup and sank two free throws.
“We did a lot of good things,” Gick said. “We did some things in the second half that I was trying to get us to do in the first half. We swung the ball up top and attacked the middle of the zone. That was there most of the night. We tried to force some things early.”
North White outrebounded Rossville 24 to 14 on Saturday. The Vikings grabbed 10 offensive rebounds as it kept many possessions alive during the game. Rossville made only 9-of-42 field goals in the loss.
“We tried to gut it through and we made some spurts,” Gick said. “We’re a team that gets out and runs because of our defense, but when you look out there and our girls are standing upright, we knew our legs were gone. That’s okay, because you have to learn to play multiple games in a row. Early on, you expect to get tired and we did. I’m not upset with the girls’ effort at all. They wanted it, but their bodies just didn’t have it in them.”
The Hornets will travel to Clinton Prairie on Tuesday night. The game will start at 6 p.m.