facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

GIRLS BASKETBALL West Branch is unable to solve North Canton Hoover's defense



Published: Thu, February 14, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.


The Warriors were thwarted by the No. 4-ranked Vikings' quick and aggressive defense that led a 64-42 win.
By TODD BELL
VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT
NORTH CANTON -- The West Branch High girls basketball team ran into a buzz-saw in its final game before the Division II tournament, losing to state-ranked North Canton Hoover 64-42 on Wednesday night.
"They did a great job of doubling on the point guard," West Branch coach Chuck Campbell said. "They are quicker than we are, and when they came out to attack us, a lot of times we tried to dribble through it, and that didn't help."
Ashley Armstrong nailed a 3-point goal and Carissa Wayland dropped in a pair of free throws as West Branch (16-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three minutes. The Warriors forced four turnovers in that span.
But once the Vikings got on track, they were difficult to derail.
Hoover (19-1) scored the next seven points and went on to an 11-7 first-quarter lead. The Warriors committed 12 turnovers.
Moore hits 22: West Branch kept it close midway through the second quarter, but Hoover senior Abby Moore, who led all scorers with 22 points, scored on a driving layup and was fouled by the Warriors' freshman, Tori Arndt, her third foul.
"That's a senior for you," Hoover coach Paul Wackerly said. "That's what Abby's job is to do sometimes. This was her last game at home and I knew she'd step up."
Arndt sat out the remainder of the first half and Hoover gained command, going on a 13-3 run for a 30-16 halftime lead.
Late in the third quarter, Hoover stretched its lead to 45-24.
Catherine Portyrata scored 12 points and had five rebounds, and Katie Glaws added 10 points for Hoover, which is ranked fourth in the Division I poll.
"She's our secret weapon" Wackerly said of Portyrata. "She's a very strong girl."
Arndt led the Warriors with 12 points and five rebounds.
Test: "This is a good measuring stick for her because this is probably the most physical team that we will play all year," Campbell said. "She gives us a presence inside."
West Branch, the No. 2 seed in the Div. II tournament at Austintown Fitch, had won 14 straight games.
"This was really a win-win situation for us," Campbell said. "This is a game that you set up that you're either going to win and be on a high or with a loss you step back and look at the things you need to improve on. Anytime you win 14 games in a row, you need a contest to see where you are because when you win a few games by 30 points, it's easy to lower your guard."


Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.

News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Services
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2016 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes