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Girls basketball: Loss to Wallace ‘a horrible way to end the season’ for Roosevelt

Roosevelt coach Lani Edmonds listens as KeandKeith talks bench during freethrows against Lew Wallace Tuesday night Roosevelt. | Jeffrey D.

Roosevelt coach Lani Edmonds listens as Keanda Keith talks at the bench during freethrows against Lew Wallace Tuesday night at Roosevelt. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 2, 2013 7:20AM



GARY — It has not been a very good week for the Roosevelt girls basketball team. The Panthers’ 56-36 loss to Wallace at home was a painful, but appropriate, way for the their season to end. And all of the above was not lost on Panthers first-year coach Lani Edmonds.

“It’s not appropriate for the newspaper to say what’s on my mind right now,” Edmonds said before taking a short pause and then saying “It’s messed up that we’re not going to the sectionals.”

According to the IHSAA, Roosevelt will not take part in the Class 3A sectionals at Griffith because the school had not sent in its application or its roster despite several urgings to do so.

This is the latest headache for Roosevelt, which has gone through two football coaches and two athletic directors in less than one school year.

And now this.

“Usually when you point a finger at someone there are three pointing back and you so I’m not going to point fingers,” Edmond said. “There’s always something more than you can do and if it’s done, it’s done. But if it isn’t, it isn’t. But there’s always more that could have been done.”

And how did the Panthers seniors respond to their high school careers ending early?

“I have no idea,” Edmonds said. “They should be very disappointed, if anything.”

Disappointment against Wallace officially began in the fourth quarter for the Panthers, who trailed 32-30 before Ayanna Hunter’s six points in the final eight minutes (part of a game-high 13 points) helped the Hornets (11-4, 1-0 Northwest Conference) pull away for their fifth win in their last six games.

Wallace’s last regular-season game is coming up on Thursday against West Side for the city championship.

It’s a much longer wait for the Panthers’ (2-9, 0-2), next game.

“I was disappointed in the way we came out today,” Edmonds said. “This was our last hurrah and it was a horrible way to end the season.”



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