Girls basketball: Whiting keeps rolling in GSSC play
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent January 4, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: February 6, 2013 6:14AM
VALPARAISO — After an impressive night on offense and defense, Whiting’s Brianna Blackwell was heading home for a good night’s sleep. The junior was instrumental on both ends, keeping the Oilers undefeated in the Greater South Shore Conference with a 47-34 win over host Wheeler.
Whiting was shy of its season average of scoring nearly 60 points per game and allowing just 30 points.
Blackwell was spectacular on offense, leading the Oilers with 19 points on the evening. She was 7 of 15 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. Just as impressive was her defense.
“It was a team effort tonight,” Blackwell said. “We played with intensity after the first quarter and were able to get the important win.”
Wheeler (6-7, 4-2) came out the aggressor in the first quarter, looking to Nickole Finch for their offense. Finch answered with nine of the Wheeler 11 points to give the Bearcats an 11-10 lead. She finished with a game-high 22.
Whiting regrouped and set the tone in the second quarter, primarily on an 11-0 run led by Blackwell. Whiting was solid throughout the quarter, outscoring Wheeler 15-5 for a 25-16 lead at the half.
Wheeler tried to fight back in the second half, mounting several runs at Whiting. But the Oilers answered back each time to secure the win.
Whiting (14-1, 6-0 GSSC) maintained its intensity throughout the game, something it had worked on all week long.
“After suffering a loss last week, we worked on maintaining our intensity tonight and we were able to do that despite having some foul trouble,” said Whiting coach Kevin Moynihan. “Our kids played a good game tonight.”
Abby Bondi added 13 points for the Oilers.