WHS girls get first victory
Whitehall’s Saturday road trip to Pine Grove yielded a win as they unwrapped their first victory of the season.
Head coach Dwight Repsher said that their 13-4 run in the fourth quarter paved the way for the 35-26 win over the Cardinals.
It had been a seesaw affair heading into that final period, with Pine Grove holding onto a slim lead at 24-22 as the Zephyrs got the go-ahead bucket from Taryn Sayre who nailed a three-pointer to give them the one-point lead.
Sayre’s bucket provided the fuel that sparked that decisive fourth quarter run as the Zephyrs never looked back as they roared to the nine-point win. The victory lifts their record to 1-2.
Repsher said that his team didn’t crumble when the Cardinals regained the lead. Instead, they rose to the occasion and fought through the adversity.
“Every time they came back, we responded,” said Repsher.
One of the keys to that big surge in the final quarter was limiting their turnovers. Repsher said they committed just two in the closing quarter.
That was one of the biggest factors in their loss to Allentown Central Catholic. Repsher said that they had more turnovers than points in their 46-15 loss to the Vikettes. It’s something that’s plagued them in both their losses. Repsher said it’s been a result of rushing things or not looking where they pass the ball.
“All of our turnover wounds have been self inflicted,” said Repsher.
He said that they made good progress against the Cardinals. In fact, he hopes this game serves as a springboard into how they can effectively compete if they cut down those turnovers. It was something that led to their second half surge last season as they remained disciplined and ran their offense.
“I thought today was a good sign,” said Repsher.
He was also happy with how they played defensively against Pine Grove. He said that the Cardinals love to pressure the ball, and playing on the small court only heightens that pressure. However, they handled it well and were able to negate most of that pressure.
He also felt that they played a good all-around game. They were led by Sayre and Alix Buskirk who each scored eight points.
Sayre connected on two treys, while Grace Clary also had a three-pointer, finishing with seven points. Olivia George netted six in the win, while Arian Hines had three and Brianna Smith dropped in two.
The Zephyrs will now dip into division play as they face Nazareth and Parkland this week.