Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball Falls to West Noble 53-23

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A very talented and undefeated West Noble team beat the Lady Wildcats 53-23 Tuesday evening. Whitko dug themselves into a 30 point deficit by halftime, managing only four points to fall behind 34-4. Nevertheless, the team played on even terms the second half with the state ranked 3A team. “There are two ways to look at the outcome,” surmised head coach Dr. Rick Bragg. “We have to be realistic and acknowledge that when we turn the ball over 24 times in the first half and only score four points we do not put ourselves in a very good situation to compete. At the same time, the girls were challenged at halftime to compete and play better which we did as both teams scored 19 points each in the second half. That is a credit to their determination in that they could have not attempted to compete after the first half effort but they did.” Ellie Snep had 9 points and 14 rebounds to lead the team in scoring and rebounding. Emalee Duggins added 7, Sarah Hewitt scored four, and Kayla Schipper contributed three points. The schedule does not become any easier for the Lady Wildcats as they host rival and TRC opponent Tippecanoe Valley Saturday evening. “We knew this would be a challenging week for us,” Bragg said. “Tippecanoe Valley has had our number for several years. They beat us by 62 points last year and have one of the best players in the state who leads them. We have another chance to grow, learn, and become better. It should be interesting to see how the team reacts.” Saturday is a big night as the participants from the Youth Camp will be recognized prior to tip off. Both schools’ Student Councils have been working together to raise funds for Toys for Tots. A new toy presented Saturday night will take the place of regular admission. “Basketball is a great game but what I love even more is the fact two rival schools have come together to support a wonderful cause with the Toys for Tots program. I hope the Whitko Nation will be strong Saturday and support our team and our cause,” Bragg concluded.