When you don’t make baskets it is impossible to win games and that’s what happened to West Fork in the opening half against second rated Roland-Story in a class 2A quarterfinal.The Warhawks made only two of 23 shots in the opening half in falling behind by 15 points at the break in a 41-28 loss.
West Fork coach Doug Sheriff says you can sometimes dig yourself out of a big hole, but today was not one of those days even though they battled back. Sheriff says Roland-Story had a lot to do with their poor shooting, as he says nerves may’ve had something to do with it, but Roland-Story has the size that makes it tough inside.
Senior Center Maddie Oliver had nine of her game-high 12 points and a dozen rebounds in the opening half as the Norsemen built a 21-6 lead at the break. Oliver says they came out and “kicked ’em in the face” early and built the big cushion that helped them go on to the win.
Oliver says tournament experience was a plus, as they played games at the tournament each of the last two years and that helped them know what to expect playing in the big arena.
Oliver finished with 15 rebounds and also blocked six shots as Roland-Story improves to 25-1. Nicole Schulz led West Fork with seven points as they end the season 21-4.