CATLIN — It was senior night at Salt Fork on Wednesday and the Storm’s senior players took care of business and protected the home court in convincing fashion with a 58-32 win over Chrisman in Vermilion Valley Conference action.
The Storm chased the Cardinals out of their comfort zone all night long with good pressure defense. During the second half of the game, the Storm held the Cardinals to just 10 points.
“Anytime you can hold a very good team like Chrisman to 10 points in a half you have played some good defense,” Salt Fork coach Andrew Johnson said.
The Storm did a nice job keeping a defender in the face of the Cardinals’ outstanding player Ty Bolen (14 points, seven rebounds).
“ We had to always know where Bolen was and he is so good we just helped each other out,” Salt Fork’s Ross Learnard said.
On the offensive end, the Storm were hitting on all cylinders with crisp passing and good shooting, as seniors Max Stutsman (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Learnard (21 points, eight rebounds) paced the Storm.
“We had good ball movement tonight and got the ball to the open person and we made shots,” Learnard said.
The Storm played tonight with good energy and intensity and played at a very high level.
“This is the time of year where you want to be playing at your best and this was one of the best played games we have had on the year,” Johnson said.
After a slow first quarter, Chrisman had a good second quarter and kept pace with the Salt Fork and was only down 32-22 at halftime. As the second half started, the Storm defense stepped up and the Cardinals couldn’t get many shots to fall.
The Storm took a 42-22 lead halfway through the third quarter with some hot shooting and a 10-0 run.
“In a big game like this I am disappointed and frustrated that we did not come out with any intensity and energy we needed for a conference game,” Chrisman coach Greg Gisinger said.
Salt Fork moves to 20-8 overall (9-3) in conference, and Chrisman falls to 18-7 overall and (9-3) in conference.