INA, Ill. - Apparently there is a big difference between a meaningless regular-season finale basketball game and a first-round post-season game with elimination at stake.
About 58 points difference, as a matter of fact.
Wabash Valley, five days removed from a 12-point win at Shawnee on the final night of the regular-season, opened Region 24 women’s tournament play Wednesday afternoon against said Saints with a resounding 70-point victory, 116-46.
“Our girls are locked in on what they want to accomplish,” said WVC coach Zach Loll of the victory by his No. 1 seed Lady Warriors. “It’s one game at a time now, survive and advance. You keep playing.”
The victory sends the 17th-ranked Lady Warriors into Friday’s noon semifinal against either Olney Central or John A. Logan, who played the next game at Rend Lake College.
The championship game is Saturday, with the winner gaining a trip to Salina, Kan. for the NJCAA national tournament.
WVC (26-4) was on top 22-5 with 14:05 left in the first half before pulling away for good while holding Shawnee (5-20) without a field goal for the next 10 minutes.
“We did a good job on the defensive end, and a great job rebounding,” Loll said. “But the biggest key? It’s easy to become selfish in a game like this. But we remained unselfish throughout the game.”
Andriana Moore had 28 points to lead Wabash Valley, her final 13 coming in the first five minutes of the second half.
Carly Childress followed with 15 points, 13 by D’Nell Greenwell and Auriel Trible with 11 points.
Ida Parrish led Shawnee with 14 points.
NOTES: Rashawnda Shamell left the game after tweaking her ankle, but Loll said she will be OK. “She’s too mean to get hurt,” joked Loll.