Wabash Valley’s 74-62 Great Rivers Athletic Conference victory Wednesday at Spencer Sports Center earned a reward for the Lady Warriors.
They have moved up one notch to second place in the GRAC standings.
Kaskaskia won at Lake Land, 69-64, Wednesday in a battle of the league’s final two unbeaten team’s.
WVC (12-3, 5-1 in GRAC) thus moved past Lake Land (2-1) into second, and is topped only by Kaskaskia (4-0).
Rend Lake (6-6, 2-3) threatened Wabash Valley only once in the second half, getting as close as 57-49 after an eight-point run in the second half.
Paige Rust answered for WVC with an inside basket, and the visitors could not recover.
“I thought we playedpretty well for about 30 minutes tonight. We got up by 16 and started to watch the clock hoping the minutes would come off,” said Lady Warrior coach Zach Loll.
Andrianna Moore led WVC with 22 points. Ellie Fruit added 15 and Rashawnda Shamell 11 points.
“Fruit shot extremely well tonight and we need her to continue to do that,” Loll said.
Tyshee Towner came off the bench to provide nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Warriors.
“She gives us a solid game off the bench. I especially like seeing those 10 rebounds,” Loll said.
Wabash Valley played without starting guard Demetria Snaden, “so we’re trying to adjust and make things happen,” said Loll, also noting the loss of Keana Berkhalter with a bad ankle.
Both Snaden and Berkhalter are expected back Monday for a key GRAC matchup with Lake Land (5:30 p.m.).
“We persevered and got things taken care of late in the game. It was nice to be back in the confines of Spencer Sports Center,” Loll said.
The Lady Warriors have a day off Saturday, even though the Warrior men travel to Lewis & Clark. The school does not field a women’s basketball team.