Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Girls fall to Miners

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Whitehall girls basketball team took to the road this holiday season, but inclement weather intruded, forcing them to play just one game at the annual Gatorade Classic hosted by Pottsville High School.

Their opening round opponent was Minersville, a repeat of last year’s combatants as they sought revenge against a Battlin’ Miners team that hung a 67-28 loss around their necks last Dec. 28. This year they played much better, but eventually lost again to one of the top teams in the Schuylkill League, falling 41-25.

The wound up playing just one game as their scheduled contest versus Liberty was canceled because of snow. Head coach Dwight Repsher said their game against the Hurricanes will be rescheduled for a later date.

In the game against the Miners, Repsher said that they played well to start the game, but about midway through the second quarter, Minersville began tom assert themselves.

“That’s when it got away from us a little bit,” said Repsher.

Once the Miners took the early lead, Repsher said that his team got determined, rebounded the ball. and then took the ball to the basket, erasing their early deficit to a three-point margin. But that was as close as they got before intermission.

Still, it was only a nine-point lead at the half, but Repsher said that the Battlin’ Miners got an offensive burst from their guard who would weave her way to the basket and drop in runners time after time.

While he said they played well defensively, and were also able to limit turnovers, the aspect that haunted them was their offensive inefficiency.

“We’re just not shooting the ball well,” said Repsher.

They were 2-11 from behind the arc and 7-24 from inside the stripe, underscoring their inability to make baskets and have productive possessions. Repsher said that he’s still trying to figure it out, noting that they played well in a tough environment against a strong team when they beat Pine Grove, but have struggled to find that consistency.

“That’s been my biggest disappointment,” said Repsher as they prepare for Emmaus and Freedom this week.

While he was hopeful they would be closer to .500 at this point in the season, he knows that their schedule has been difficult while some more favorable games have been postponed. They’re currently 1-5 this season, and will be looking to get back on track against the Hornets on Wednesday.

As they get ready to delve into league play, Repsher said that they need to overcome that inconsistency.

“We’re very inconsistent,” said Repsher. “I’ve seen good and bad in every game we’ve played.”

He said that Tuesday’s practice was a good sign as they were draining threes with regularity in preparation of their divisional game against Emmaus. He said he’ll also tinker with the lineup. looking to go smaller and quicker to see how that shakes things up.

“We’ll keep plugging away,” said Repsher.

In the game against Minersville, Alix Buskirk led the way with 10 points, while Cassie Due dropped in eight. Taryn Sayre finished with three, while Grace Clary and Katie Kelly each added two.