Girls basketball: Wallace edges Broad Ripple
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 15, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:51AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Lew Wallace coach Omar Vazquez knows his team has a ways to go before becoming an elite team in the region.
Still, he’s seeing consistent improvements in his young Hornets squad, which is off to one of its best starts in recent seasons.
Sophomore Jessica Cunningham hit two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to lift Wallace to a 32-31 win over Broad Ripple in the IPSAC vs. Region Girls Basketball Challenge at Indianapolis Marshall High School on Saturday.
Wallace (4-1) has only won more than five games once since the 2003-04 season.
“We have a ways to go to as we try to raise the basketball IQ...but there are a lot of positives,” Vazquez said. “We may not be playing top-20 teams but 4-1 is good for your soul.”
Cunningham scored a game-high 14 points and was named the game’s MVP, while Tiunna Scott added six, and Alexa Dennie and Brittany Dotson each had five.
Wallace held Broad Ripple without a point for a nearly seven-minute stretch over the third and fourth quarters, taking a 30-24 lead.
“We got a six-point lead and calls started to come from everywhere,” Vazquez said.
Broad Ripple went on a 7-0 run, capped by Jackie Sanders’ transition layup that put the Rockets ahead 31-30 with 1:05 remaining. Cunningham later had a steal in the backcourt and was fouled, leading to the game-winning free throws.
“As a coach you always wonder if my team has the toughness to compete and, yes, my team does have that toughness,” Vazquez said.
Broad Ripple standout Kayerion Holloway was limited to six points, which Vazquez credited largely to the performance of Dennie.
“While a majority of our team is freshmen I think we’re doing a good job,” said Dennie. “(Vazquez’s) motivation and the way he speaks to us about composure and being humble, we already knew what we had to do.”