Lady Senators end 10-year PLAC drought Print

The West Washington girls’ basketball team won seven games last season. That was after the team averaged just two wins a season over the previous eight seasons. This year they are on pace to pass last year’s win total.
Another sign that the Lady Senator basketball program is headed in the right direction is that for the first time in 10 years, they claimed a victory in a PLAC game.
The win came on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2011), 41-39, over visiting Crawford County.
The game was originally scheduled to be played January 12, but winter weather forced the postponement.
The last win against a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference foe came on January 17, 2002. In that game West Washington beat Paoli 42-41.
“The girls knew about it because I had brought it up last year,” said Head Coach Wade Tomlinson. “We had an opportunity to win one last year and let it slip away and then earlier this year we lost to Mitchell in overtime. One of our goals was to get our first conference win in a decade.
“After that game against Mitchell, I decided to not bring it up anymore, but the players knew, they were talking about it amongst themselves. As coaches we decided not to bring it up.
The Lady Senators’ Shelby Springer said she and her teammates had talked and were determined not to let the streak continue.
“As a team we talked a little here and there about what areas we needed to improve,” Springer said. “We really stepped our game up and knew that we weren’t going to be satisfied without a conference win.”
The key to last week’s win over Crawford was on the defensive end. The Lady Senators held Crawford three point below their season average.
“We played great defense,” he said.
West Washington’s play on that end of the floor was evident by the fact that they held Crawford’s leading scorer Chelsea Jellison to just seven points.
Tomlinson said Carrie Miller was primarily responsible for that, but said there was a team approach.
While WW was playing good defense, the same couldn’t be said on the offensive end, especially in the game’s final two minutes. .
Tomlinson said his team missed the front-end of two one-and-one opportunities, committed an unforced turnover when a player dribbled the ball off her knee and took an ill-advised shot.
“We tried to do everything we could to lose the game,” he said. “Offensively, everything we did was the wrong thing to do!
In addition to Miller, Tomlinson said Shana Keller also played well.
“It was just a solid team effort,” he said. “It wasn’t like anyone had a great night, we just all played solid.”
Springer agreed with her coach and said now they are focusing on winning as many games as possible the rest of the season.
“It was an amazing feeling to hear that horn sound and look at the scoreboard to see that we came out on top and broke the ‘Lady Senators conference curse,’” she said. “We are very ready to pass last years record of seven wins. We just have to stay focused and play to our full potential and we will continue each year to get better and better. As a team, we are all ready to finish this season strong!”
The Lady Senators’ PLAC winning steak ended at one as they lost January 19, 68-39, to visiting Paoli.
They followed the loss to the Lady Rams with a xx-xx win at Medora Saturday.
West Washington will play their final home game Thursday against visiting Springs Valley before closing out with two road games.
They will play Feb. 1 at Shoals and Feb. 2 at Orleans.