- Staff and Journal Register News Service reportsLady Whippets dump Avon Grove, 55-39 The Avon Grove girls basketball team wouldn't be at all upset if the first quarter of Tuesday night's game never happened.
In the final three quarters, the Red Devils outscored Downing-town West, but the first quarter sealed the game for the Whippets, as they picked up a convincing 55-39 Ches-Mont League victory.
"The first quarter huanted us," said Avon Grove head coach Tim Wyatt. "But when our backs our against the wall, we show our grit."
The Red Devils' second-half grit, however, wasn't enough to overcome the 24-7 deficit the Whippets laid on them in the opening quarter.
"Today, we came ready to play," said West head coach David Johnson. "One of our focus points has been to come out ready to play, we haven't always done that. We came out focused and intense. We got after them."
Jordan Stevenson posted 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Whippets, and Amanda Donia added 12.
"It's nice to see Jordan putting the ball in the basket," Johnson said. "Hopefully, now we are a bit of a threat on the outside, now hopefully we can get the inside going."
The biggest inside threat for West was Donia, but not from the traditional low blocks. Rather, she created her opportunities off the dribble along the baseline.
"I took advantage of the situation," Donia said. "(The defender) was playing to the right, so I went left and either made the shot, got fouled, or allowed someone else to make the play."
After posting the 17-point lead after the opening quarter, the Whippets eased off the accelerator a bit.
"When we get a big lead, we get ahead of ourselves, and lose our composure," Stevenson said. "We need to keep it up the whole game."
"We were a little lackadaisical," Johnson said. "But they played 32 minutes, and took advantage of where we were lackadaisical."
The Red Devils (0-5, 1-12) gave a solid effort after the first eight minutes, outscoring West, 32-31. But it a case of too little, too late.
"Every game we let teams get away, then we battle back in the second half," Wyatt said.
Four Avon Grove players carried the load scoring all 39 points. Ali Herpen led the way with 15 points, and Erica Donnelly and Jasmine Jones each scored nine. Ashley Martin chipped in with six.