DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Tournament’s third place game between the Salt Fork Storm and Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes was one of many runs by both teams and at times the action was fast and furious from both teams.
But in the end, the Storm made the most of their runs and played enough defense to get the third place trophy 54-47.
The first quarter went to the Storm as they ran out to an early 13-6 lead at the end of one quarter. The second quarter saw the Buffaloes battle back and gallop out to a lead before the Storm took a one-point lead with the last second shot by Jenny Kimbro (21 points, seven rebounds) to give Salt Fork a 24-23 lead over GRF going into the locker room.
The Storm used that momentum they got from the last second basket to go on an 11-2 run with good passing and strong defense to begin the third quarter to lead 35-25 with four minutes to go, so Buffaloes coach Michelle Brooks had to use a timeout to settle her team down.
The Buffaloes came out of the timeout and over the next four minutes of the quarter, used pressure defense to get some quick steals and easy baskets from senior guard Brittany Hay (23 points, eight rebounds, five steals, four assists) and sophomore guard Emilie Bruce (six points, three steals) over that four minute span and went on a 17-2 run of their own to finish out the quarter with a 42-37 lead.
“The game had many runs in it and I thought our two runs where very good and showed us we can be a tough team, but at the end I think we ran out of gas and that was felt in our legs with our shots late in the game,” Brooks said.
The fourth quarter began with some tired legs and some missed opportunities by both team but the Buffaloes still held a five-point lead 45-40 with a Storm timeout at the 4:30 mark.
Salt Fork coach Jeff Carleton calmed his team down and in the next 17 seconds after the timeout, the Storm tied the score at 45.
“I thought we did a nice job tonight and I’m very proud of the way the team played and withheld up against a good team’s run,” Carleton said.
The game ended as the Storm finished the game with good defense and a 9-2 run to win the game.
“We try to play good defense and hold teams down and I think we did a better job of that in the last quarter to get a team win,” Kimbro said.