The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


December 30, 2012

Storm wins out at BSN Classic

BROADLANDS —  Each and every game, first year Salt Fork boys basketball coach Andrew Johnson challenges his players to get better. He wants them to expect more out of themselves and improve on their previous performance.

The primary motivation stems from the Storm’s lone loss of the season, a 40-point setback to St. Joseph-Ogden. And since the defeat, Salt Fork has risen to the occasion of its coach’s request. The result has been a 10-game winning streak with the most recent coming on Saturday in a 60-55 BSN Basketball Classic championship win over Clifton Central.

“We took a pretty tough loss and I think that motivated us for the rest of our games,” Storm senior Alec Dutton said. “Since then, we’ve had a different focus and a different intensity going into every game. We’ve definitely felt prepared for every game.”

Preparation was key against the Clifton Central Comets who were coming off an impressive win over Bismarck-Henning. With a distinct height advantage over the Comets, the Storm (14-1) made an extra effort to feed off the play of post players Dutton and Max Stutsman who finished with 14 and 15 points respectively.

“We work in and out with those two,” Johnson said. “That high-low that we were working on was to get the shots that we wanted. Not every one of them was going in but we were getting the looks that we wanted as far as our post entries. Alec’s got good footwork down there and he’s got the ability to finish around the rim. Our focal point was either of those guys, getting them posted up and stretching that floor. They did a good job of executing.”

But it wasn’t only the scoring from the post that proved crucial. Johnson’s game plan emphasized limiting Clifton Central’s second-chance opportunities. While the Storm out-rebounded the Comets, Salt Fork accounted for 28 of its 36 rebounds on the defensive glass.

“What happened a lot was, they would shoot those three balls,” said Dutton, who earned nine of his 10 rebounds on the defensive end. “They were making a few, but also they were getting some good bounces that they were getting in for tip-ins. We made sure that we locked down the defensive boards for us and tried to limit their second-chance opportunities. That’s what really sealed it for us.”

Stutsman had a game-high 12 rebounds with eight defensive rebounds, and Cole Taylor, who scored a team-high 16 points, secured six boards.

Only four of the Comets’ 21 baskets came following offensive rebounds. Clifton Central, however, took advantage of every possible opportunity in the fourth quarter to go on a 13-4 run, and reduce a 10-point deficit to one with under three minutes to play.

But the same intensity that helped the Storm take a commanding lead early allowed them to maintain the advantage.

“You just have to have that killer instinct,” said junior guard Ross Learnard who scored 15 points and was named tournament MVP. “We’re just out there to win. We didn’t want to give it up. We just made some good shots when we needed to, played defense when we had to, and we just pulled out the win.”

As a team, the Storm dished out 10 assists including three from Dutton and two each from Stutsman and Learnard.

Salt Fork will return to Vermilion Valley Conference play taking on Westville and Oakwood before beginning the Vermilion County Tournament on January 12.

Text Only
  • SPT- CN0420 - Danville baseball photo 1 Vikings continue to learn Vikings continue to learn BY AARON PATTERSON

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0420- NV Softball photo 2 The Mustangs, Falcons split twinbill VEEDERSBURG, Ind. - Too many mistakes cost the Fountain Central softball team any chance of defeating North Vermillion in the first game of their double header. At least that is how Mustang head coach Allison Alexander saw the game. "We had nine erro

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Salt Fork softball continues with strong start CATLIN -- The Salt Fork softball team continued its undefeated start with a sweep of Unity on Saturday by identical 10-0 scores. In the first game, Kayln Learnard had a triple and two RBIs while Kaylee McFadden, Lea Hall, Kylie Summers and Camryn Tod

    April 20, 2014

  • Saturday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Danville Stadium Game 1 Normal Community 8, Danville 1 Normal Community 400 003 1 — 8 11 0 Danville 100 000 0 — 1 4 2 WP — Mike Shepard (3-1). LP — Mike Vascura. Two or more hits — NC: Luke McC

    April 20, 2014

  • SPT- CN0419 - Bis-Henn Baseball photo 1 Taylor slows Blue Devils BISMARCK -- After a perfect game from Ross Learnard on Tuesday, the Salt Fork baseball team received another outstanding pitching performance on Friday from Cole Taylor, who struck out nine and allowed only one hit over five innings as the Storm beat

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0419 - Danville softball photo 1 Danville blasts three homers to beat Westville WESTVILLE -- Danville coach Corey Pullin knew it was just a matter of time until junior Alissa Peelman and sophomore Lindsey Lowenstein started seeing positive results at the plate. On Friday afternoon, the duo of Peelman and Lowenstein gave the Viki

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danville girls track wins Raider Invitational BLOOMINGTON -- The Danville girls track team picked up four wins as they were able to beat the pack at the Lady Raider Invitational on Friday. Sadie Elliott won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 51.75 seconds for Danville, while Aariona Graham won the long ju

    April 19, 2014

  • Friday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Salt Fork 15, Bismarck-Henning 0 Salt Fork 040 0(11) -- 15 14 0 Bis-Henn 000 0 0 -- 0 1 8 WP -- Cole Taylor. LP -- Dustyn Ingram. Two or more hits -- SF: Ross Learnard 3, Max Stutsman 3, Garrett McFadden, Lane West

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT- Cn0418 - Covington softball photo 2 Trojans cruise to victory COVINGTON, Ind. - The Covington softball team had a big first inning as they scored five runs on their way to defeating Attica 11-1. Attica threatened to score in the first, getting Karrah Pattengale to second, but they were unable to drive her home.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lunger steps up for Buffaloes GEORGETOWN -- In only the second start of his career, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman pitcher Tyler Lunger pitched a five-hit complete game as the Buffaloes defeated Milford 8-2 on Thursday in Vermilion Valley Conference action. "I feel I threw well

    April 18, 2014

NCAA basketball
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Fire Engulfs Tower Block in China Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
NDN Video
Lindsay Lohan Reveals She Had Miscarriage in Reality Show Finale ET Presents The Summer Movie Preview Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Celebs Share Their Easter Fun Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Dr. Phil Put In The Hot Seat By His Own Wife Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend