The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

January 15, 2013

Westville finds a way to win

DANVILLE —  

How a game is won isn’t always that important — just as long as it is a victory.

That was the case on Monday night for the Westville Lady Tigers.

After jumping out to leads at the start of the first and second halves, Westville held on to beat the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers 43-38 in the Vermilion County Tournament at the David S. Palmer Arena.

“This year we are finding ways to win close games,’’ Westville coach Mike Chandler said. “The girls did a nice job finding that way again tonight.

“We struggled shooting early. We had some mental lapses, at times, in the second half. But, when everything was real tight and the game was on the line — the girls stepped up.’’

The Cornjerkers (7-13) got as close as 37-35 on a basket by Haley Dixon with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left in the contest.

Westville, which improved to 10-14, came back with baskets by Mikayla Rolinitis and Ji’Cee Lacey to hold onto its lead. Jodee Ottino made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to seal the victory.

Those three girls combined for just eight points.

“When you look at this game, we made a couple of runs at them, but we just came up short,’’ Hoopeston Area coach Clint Mathewson said. “We won the second half, but we just came out too slow in the first quarter.’’

The Tigers scored 11 of the game’s first 13 points, building a 11-2 lead with Dani Gabehart and Ashley Hoffman combining for nine of those points.

“That’s how it goes sometimes when you play here,’’ said Mathewson of the Palmer Arena. “They adjusted first, got out to a good lead.’’

The Cornjerkers answered with a 10-0 run to take a 12-11 lead, but a 3-pointer from Hoffman and one from Morgan Gallion gave the Tigers a 19-13 halftime advantage.

Those long-ranged shots opened things up in the lane for Westville in the second half.

Gabehart scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the final two quarters.

“Dani has been playing really well for us,’’ Chandler said. “She has been really solid for us, offensively, defensively and rebounding.’’

She took advantage of a hole in the Hoopeston Area defense along the baseline for five of her seven baskets.

“Gabehart is a great player,’’ Mathewson said. “That is a shot that she loves to take. It was just a few rotation issues for us. We just couldn’t get someone to stop her.

“We were trying to keep it away from her.’’

But those plays for Gabehart only worked when Westville got the ball into its offense.

The Tigers committed 10 turnovers in the second half and they led directly to 17 points for the Cornjerkers.

“It was just mental lapses,’’ said Chandler, as the majority of the offensive miscues happened with Hoffman, a senior guard, on the bench with four fouls. “Basically, we had a freshman and a sophomore at the guard spots.

“Some of our youth and inexperienced showed up.’’

Hoffman finished with a double-double as she had 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with four assists.

Haley Dixon and Sarah Dixon shared team-high scoring honors for Hoopeston Area with 12 points each, while Cayla Davis and Shelby Holzinger shared team-high honors with eight rebounds each.

Westville will play Georgetown-Ridge Farm, a 50-13 winner over Oakwood on Monday, for the Pool B Championship at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Up next for Hoopeston Area is a 5 p.m. game on Wednesday against Oakwood.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0820 - BisHenn photo 1 Going the extra mile BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd has really enjoyed the last few years.Not just because of the two straight Vermilion Valley Conference titles and a almost three-year unbeaten run in regular season action, but because of working with playe

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • LOCAL ROUNDUP: Trojans defeat Chargers in volleyball opener CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It took all five sets but the Covington Lady Trojans opened the year with a hard-fought 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14 victory over the North Montgomery Chargers in prep volleyball action on Tuesday night.Brooke Ahrens led t

    August 20, 2014

  • SPT - CN0819 - Seeger photo 1 Patriots make changes WEST LEBANON, Ind. – Success for the Seeger Patriot football team this season will depend on two things.They will rely on technique and teamwork to reach their goals.“We’ve got a little bit of size, a little bit of speed and a few guys with a lot of

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • B-H's Warren claims Urbana Kick-Off Classic URBANA — Bismarck-Henning’s David Warren kicked off his senior season in style, winning the Urbana Kick-Off Classic at the Urbana Country Club.Warren shot a 4-over 76 to earn a one-stroke victory over Champaign Centennial’s Isaac Overman (77), while

    August 19, 2014

  • SPT - CN0817 - North Vermillion photo 1 Trying to fill big holes CAYUGA, Ind. — Brayden Woodard and his senior teammates on the 2013 North Vermillion football team left their mark on the Wabash River Conference.The Falcons won back-to-back undefeated league titles and they enter this season with a 15-game winning

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0816 - Fountain Central photo 2 New names, same goals VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — While the names might change, the goals and expectations for the Fountain Central football team remain the same.The Mustangs, who went 11-2 last year with a sectional championship, are looking to replace 60 percent of their offens

    August 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0815 - Covington football photo 1 Trojans' experience could be key COVINGTON, Ind. – The Covington football team enters this season on a positive note. The Trojans lost only five seniors to graduation, so team hopes to build on its many returning players.“We’re a year old and stronger,” said Covington head coach Tra

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Voles set to host Jamboree DANVILLE — For the eighth year, the Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball club will invite other clubs in the Midwest to Kennekuk County Park on Saturday for the “Uncle Joe” Cannon Base Ball Jamboree.The event will feature four teams with the Voles, the

    August 15, 2014

  • No Headline Provided HELP WANTEDThe Danville Commercial-News is seeking sports-minded individuals to cover local sporting events this school year. An individual should have their own transportation, and be able to work nights and weekends.Anyone interested in the opportu

    August 13, 2014

  • SPT - CN0812 - High School football photo 1 Young Vikings get started DANVILLE — For the second year in a row, high school football teams in Illinois have had to make a change in their preseason practice schedules.A year ago, the IHSA developed a new policy when it came to acclimatization period of early-season practic

    August 12, 2014 2 Photos

E-edition
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: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Heavy Rains Flood Arizona Roads US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes
NDN Video
Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Serious Flash Flooding in Arizona Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS Damaging Winds Stop the Show! In the Cockpit of the Air Force's Elite Squadron Pathologist: Autopsy Shows Teen Repeatedly Shot Christina Aguilera Has a Baby Girl Marvel Fans: Watch Dancing Baby Groot Over and Over! Raw: Protesters, Police Clash in Ferguson Gov. Rick Perry responds to indictment Breaking: Officials release name of police officer in Ferguson shooting Man Shot As Protesters Defy Curfew in Ferguson Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Back Together for Two ‘Secret’ Dates