Nichole Wormcastle

Lady Eagles start basketball season 1-1 with big win against Whitko

Churubusco came out in the third quarter and out-scored Garrett 9-7. Nichole Wormcastle sparked the Lady Eagles’ charge with seven third quarter points and added six more in the fourth period. Senior Alysa Holloway put up ten second half points with eight of them coming in the final stanza. Holloway led all scorers, with 16 points on the night. 

“There was the stretch there in the last two minutes of the half where we went from down two points to down 14 points at the half,” explains Coach Perlich. “And we didn’t give up. A lot of teams would just give up at that point and get blown out in the second half. I was proud of our girls’ effort. We played hard and we actually played with confidence in the second half.”

The Lady Eagles shot 11-25 from the floor and 9-11 from the charity stripe. They pulled down 33 rebounds and had seven steals. After struggling with the ball in the first half with 21 turnovers they calmed down and had only seven in the second half.

The Whitko game saw all of the Lady Eagles put points on the board. Holloway again led the way with 16 points. Morgan Young finished with 11 and Haleigh Gross added nine.

The game was tied at eight all after the first eight minutes of play. The Lady Eagles had seven of the eight players score in the second period. Unlike the Garrett game the Lady Eagles went on a run of their own before the half against Whitko with a 15-0 spurt to extend their lead to 26-12 at the break. 

“We took the timeout with three minutes remaining and told them we want to finish the half strong,” commented Coach Perlich. “We did just that, I think we got every rebound and offensively we were on the attack and able to hit our shots.” 

In the third quarter Churubusco extended their lead, as they outscored the Wildcats 14-8 to take a twenty point lead into the fourth quarter. Holloway had eight points hitting four of five shots from the floor. In the fourth period the Eagles continued to spread the ball around. 

With two players already on the bench by way of fouls the Lady Eagles still played tight on defense. Heather Monk played most of the fourth quarter with four fouls and was still in the mix of things in the middle. She added four of her five points during the quarter, before fouling out herself.

“We shot the ball with confidence tonight, we attacked their defense and good things happen when you take care of the ball,” stated Coach Perlich. “We spread the scoring around well tonight and that’s a good thing about these girls, they don’t care who leads the team, they just want to win.”

Churubusco shot 19-49 on field goals and 17-36 from the free-throw line. The Eagles had 38 rebounds, 13 assists, eight steals and three blocks as a team. They improve their record to 1-1 on the season. The Lady Eagles will be on the road for their next three games with Wayne on Tuesday, Fairfield this Friday and at Woodlan Tuesday the 24th. 

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