The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

December 4, 2012

Buffaloes keep on rolling

GEORGETOWN — There’s nothing the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes girls basketball team wants more than to defend their home court. It’s their territory, and having a visiting team come into their gym and show dominance is something they just don’t want to happen.

This season, though, it’s not just their home court they have been defending. The Buffaloes are off to one of their best starts in quite some time, and have built a team chemistry and camaraderie that has produced a winning formula that has been cracked only once this season — an eight-point loss to Shiloh in the Comet Classic.

The Salt Fork Storm attempted to become the second on Monday, but Georgetown-Ridge Farm trailed briefly once, and pulled out a 48-45 win to keep their impressive start rolling.

“I don’t think we’ve have a 7-1 start for many years,” Georgetown-Ridge Farm coach Michelle Brooks said. “It’s a big deal to us. These kids have learned a lot from the season before and carried it over to this year. We’re just playing one game at a time. It doesn’t matter what the record is. We’re just trying to beat the next guy.

“I don’t know that they are overly confident, but they believe in each other, so they are confident in their teammates and they play together,” Brooks continued. “I think that’s a big difference from the teams in the past. They’ve really jelled as a team.”

And it was that confidence and overall trust in each other that helped the Buffaloes (7-1 overall, 1-0 in the Vermilion Valley Conference) win their fourth game of the season by four points or less. They led the Storm (0-4, 0-1) by as many nine points late in the first half, but Salt Fork used a 7-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter to ultimately tie the game, and take its first lead at 30-28 one minute, 51 seconds into the second half. But the lead lasted only 1:26 before the Buffaloes pulled even and took their final lead at the 3:56 mark of the third on a rebound basket by Maya Green.

Through its first four games, Salt Fork’s inability to rebound at opportune times is what coach Jeff Carleton said has been the team’s downfall.

“We came out with a lot of energy,” Carleton said of the Storm’s third-quarter surge. “We got a couple quick steals and good things happened. We’ve lost four basketball games now because we don’t block out and rebound. We work on it everyday. Then we get in the game and we forget how to do it. That’s why we lost the game.”

Emilie McFadden, however, had a game-high 16 rebounds including 14 on the defensive glass. The Storm (0-4, 0-1) forced the Buffaloes into six turnovers in the final quarter with five coming on steals, but they converted those to only two points.

Salt Fork trailed 42-41 with three minutes remaining, but managed only four points the rest of the game while Georgetown-Ridge Farm got a basket from Green off a turnover, and made four crucial free throws down the stretch.

Storm sophomore Kalyn Learnard scored with one second remaining, and following a time out, stole the inbounds pass from the Buffaloes and put up a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.

“I think that we kept our heads in it and didn’t get overconfident that we were going to keep the lead,” Buffaloes senior Callan Hall said. “With our intensity, we have that in practice and we brought it out from practice to the game. We had the intensity and we didn’t want to let it go. This is our home court and we didn’t want to lose it.”

Hall had a game-high four steals in addition to 12 points and 13 rebounds. Green scored 18 and had seven boards, and Brittany Hay (10 rebounds) and Kayla Wolpert finished with seven and nine points respectively.

McFadden scored nine for the Storm, Learnard finished with 10 points and six rebounds, Taylor Vice had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Toria Plotner had eight points and three steals.

While the Storm will look for their first win on Thursday when they host Chrisman in Catlin, the Buffaloes will play for their eighth win in Milford.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm defeated Milford 56-33 in the third place game of the Comet Classic on November 23.

“I think we have a lot of confidence,” Hall said. “The one loss that we had helped us learn, so now we have things that we know we need to work on. From this game, we’ll learn more. It helps us with our confidence knowing that we can beat teams, but we still need to make sure we don’t overlook anyone and get completely taken out.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville girls track photo 1 Record-setting day for Hall DANVILLE -- Athletes, coaches and fans were all giving advice to Danville sophomore Imani Hall in the high jump. While she appreciated the encouragement, Hall just focused on what she had been doing in practice for the past few weeks and it worked. H

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville baseball photo Vikings no match for Tigers, loss 11-3 DANVILLE -- Urbana came a calling on Danville at Danville Stadium for a Big 12 Conference game with its ace Conner Gremar (Parkland College recruit) on the mound. The Tigers also brought their hitting sticks with them to defeat Danville 11-3. Danvill

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-CN0423 - Seeger softball photo 1 Patriots take over in sixth, beat Mustangs WEST LEBANON, Ind. - Seeger hosted Fountain Central in softball and the lead went back and forth through much of the game. All that changed in the sixth inning when the Patriots sent 11 batters to the plate and scored a half-dozen runs on seven hits

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vikings softball easily cruises past Chargers DANVILLE -- Alissa Peelman overcame a tough start and hit a home run as the Danville softball team beat Champaign Centennial 12-2 in Big 12 conference action on Tuesday. Peelman gave up both of the Chargers' runs in the first inning but only gave up

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT - CN0422 - Salt Fork SB photo secondary Storm cruise past Cornjerkers CATLIN -- On a windy and drizzly afternoon in Catlin, two teams with a combined 16 wins and one loss met up in what seemed to be on paper a heavy weight fight in Vermilion Valley Conference play. The Salt Fork Storm came out of the gates strong and b

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0422 - Local roundup photo LOCAL ROUNDUP: Cox tosses no-hitter for Westville DANVILLE -- Westville right-hander Tanner Cox was in total control on Monday against the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers at Danville Stadium. Cox tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced as the Tigers defeated the H

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Schedule TUESDAY Prep Baseball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m. Turkey Run at Covington, 4 p.m. Heritage at Schlarman Academy, 4:30 p.m. Hoopeston Area at Milford, 4:30 p.m. Urbana at Danville, 4:30 p.m. Prep Softball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Oakwood 12, Bismarck-Henning 1 Oakwood 213 121 2 -- 12 16 0 Bismarck-Henning 000 100 0 -- 1 4 4 WP -- Taylor Turner. LP -- Strawser. 2B -- Turner, Slade. RBIs -- Landon Turner 2, Slade 2, Anderson 2, Girton, Vinson, Abbott.

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT- CN0420 - Danville baseball photo 1 Vikings continue to learn Vikings continue to learn BY AARON PATTERSON sports@dancomnews.com

    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

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

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
NDN Video
Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County