It wasn’t your typical opening-night performance. The Wabash Valley College Lady Warriors needed only a few minutes to settle into a performance that belied its spot on the schedule. The reaction of coach Zach Loll also wasn’t typical of most coaches at this time of year, either.“Pleasantly pleased” was Loll’s reaction to his team’s 77-44 victory over Jefferson College on Tuesday night at Spencer Sports Center.
After a modest start, the Lady Warriors quickly showed off their offensive strengths, their depth, and even some defensive intensity as they sped away from a Viking team that had wins already over Kaskaskia and Vincennes.
“I expected the start we had. The lights were on, people were in the stands. It’s going to be that way,” Loll said. “We didn’t let them run away from us. We defended, which we’re getting better at. Then, we got the ball in transition, got a couple of baskets to fall, then everything fell into place after that.”
WVC (1-0) trailed early, 9-6, before going on a 21-4 tear to gain control of the game for good. The lead was 34-19 by halftime, and a 10-2 run at the outset of the second half finished Jefferson (2-1) off.
Even this early, some interesting personnel story lines are developing.
For example, the Lady Warriors started promising 6-foot-2 freshman Adrianna Moore inside. She scored seven points in her debut, but had plenty of help from two sophomore returnees down low: Adrianna’s older sister Teuuntra, who had seven points, and 6-foot-4 Misha Jones, who ended with five.
On the wing, Evansville North product Giorgia Stringer, a 6-footer who played last year at Tarlton State, led the Warriors with 12 points.
Of the numerous guards vying for duty, 5-foot-8 Brittnay Dozier, 5-foot-6 Rashawnda Shamell, and 5-foot-7 D’Nell Greenwell of Princeton seemed to stand out. Dozier and Greenwell both finished with 11 points, while Shamell kept the offense humming.
“At times we did some things really well, pushing the ball, and being unselfish. Our post players did a good job of feeding each other and finishing,” Loll said.
Loll said the inside game could have been even more impressive if not for 19 turnovers. “Our posts were open, but we turned the ball over too many times,” he said.
The Lady Warriors play at Moberly, Mo. on Sunday at 1 p.m. The next home game is on Nov. 26th against Lindsey-Wilson, at 5:30 p.m.