WAVERLY-The Waverly Lady Tigers hit the Valley Indians where it hurt by bringing the aggression Monday night, as Valley lost on the road 65-37.
“We’ve had problems with pressure all year,” said Indian head coach Mark Merritt. “We’re a young team, and we expect some young mistakes, but we have to correct those and stop turning the ball over so much.”
Valley was led by Hannah Conley with 10 points and nine rebounds.
“Hannah’s been doing really good,” Merritt stated.
He further commented on the team’s second leading scorer Bailee Day, who scored nine points and nine rebounds.
“Considering the uneven match up, Bailee Day played really hard and did a nice job for us.
Valley will go on to play the Minford Lady Falcons Thursday night.
“We’re going to have to work on taking care of the ball. Minford’s going to bring a fast pace and put a lot of pressure on us,” Merritt stated.
In order to be successful against the Falcons, Valley is going to have to prepare of a high momentum game.
Following the game, Waverly Lady Tiger head coach John Bonifield explained that pressure is exactly what the Tigers hoped to bring to the game.
“It was a good win. We wanted to come out and establish some pressure defense early in the game. We wanted it to be a quick paced game. Morgan came out and shot for three and set that tone early, and we really like that,” Bonifield stated.
The Tigers were led by Laken Smith, who has been leading the team all season. Bonifield explained that Smith recently signed to play basketball with Shawnee State University.
“She’s been playing the best basketball I’ve ever seen her play in the past couple weeks,” the coach commented. “She means the world to us.”
Bonifield explained that Smith has earned all of her success by working hard and always being a leader on the court. As a result, the Tigers make her to focus of her game.
Waverly plays the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates, currently the No. 1 team in the league.
“We know its going to be a tough match up. We are going to have to work on our offensive sets and be aggressive at the offensive end. Its a tall order to fill, but we are going to give it our best,” Bonifield concluded.
Valley 9 17 27 37
Waverly 24 39 58 65
Valley: Wright-4, Call-6, Conaway-4, Howard-2, Day-9, Jennice-2, Conley-10
Waverly: McAllister-2, Knight-17, K. Smith-2, Wiseman-9, L. Smith-28, M. Elliott-2, B. Elliott-5
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.