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White River washes
out in Loogootee
By John P Mullen
   A flood of points by Loogootee aided them in a 72-38 Saturday washout of opponent White River Valley in girls’ basketball action.  The venue for the rising tide was Jack Butcher Arena, and the deluge was a fierce one as the Lady Lions bounced back from a disappointing loss at the Hatchet House on Thursday.  
  Against WRV, sophomore sharpshooter Wynter Wagoner drained a three and then converted a lay-up off a steal for a quick 5-0 lead. Tia Pennington hit a bucket inside at 6:17 as Loogootee scored the first seven points of the contest.  After two free throws by the Wolverines, Kelci Mann canned an easy lay-up, and Waynessa Burch followed with a driving hoop at 4:58 for an 11-2 advantage.  Wagoner found Burch at 3:40 on a backdoor cut; Kayla Dant’s offensive rebound and subsequent 1-2 charity tosses and Pennington’s hoop made the score 16-3 at just under two minutes to go in the first period.  Dant hit a couple more freebies with two ticks upping the margin to 18-5 at the quarter break. Wagoner’s three a minute in made the score 21-7, and Taylor Walker stroked a 3 and got the foul shot to boot for a rare four-point play at 6:11.  Pennington rebounded Mann’s miss for a 27-9 bulge.  
  WRV’s best player, senior Alicia Tally, nailed a three-pointer, but at 4:06 Mann got two back from the line. Twenty-three seconds later, she swished two more from fifteen-feet for a 31-12 advantage.  
  Walker splashed a tidal wave from 3 point range, and Wagoner hit another hoop in the lane for a whopping 36-13 score. Gabrielle Ritchey’s first two varsity free throws offset four tallies from Tally as the hosts held a gaping 38-17 halftime spread.  Wagoner dumped in ten more points with two three-baggers and Walker deposited another three-piece in the third as well.  Brooke Nonte went off for seven points in the final frame, and Audra Lannan put in a late score to finish the barrage.  Wagoner made 20, Mann 12, Walker 10, Pennington eight, Nonte seven, Burch six, Ritchey four, Dant three charity tosses, and Lannan the last deuce.  
  Tally poured in 19 of her game-high 27 after intermission.  
  Incidentally, 72 points was the most a Loogootee girls’ outfit had thrown in since a 76-26 sectional shellacking against Vincennes Rivet in the 2004 tourney.  
  The Lady Lions finished the first half of the schedule at 7-3, and take a long break before playing again in 2010 on Thursday, January 7, at home against Wood Memorial.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Senior Kelci Mann goes up for the shot during the game against White River Valley on December 19. The Lady Lions won 72-38.
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