By Tony Hooker
Clawed by Tigers
Emma Buesing had 14 points and Kaylee Arbuckle added 13, but it wasn’t enough as Villa Grove dropped a tough 48-46 decision to Westville on November 29. The Devils jumped out to a 24-20 halftime lead, but Westville outscored VG 20-8 in the decisive third quarter and hung on to win despite a furious final stanza comeback effort. VG splashed six three-pointers in the game, but 24 turnovers led to 22 transition points and proved to be the difference. Jobella Crafton pulled down nine rebounds, including four off the offensive glass, and Ava Vollmer grabbed eight caroms and pilfered four steals to help the cause. Carly Eads was the only VG player with a positive number in the +/- category, with the team outscoring the Tigers by five when she was on the floor, she grabbed six boards and handed out two assists in 22 minutes of playing time.
Shelled by Rockets
The Blue Devils were no match for a deep, talented Unity Quintet, falling 52-17 on December 2. Emma Buesing was a true gladiator, scoring ten points, pulling down five boards and passing out three assists, and Ava Vollmer did yeoman’s work on the glass, hauling in six rebounds.
Overrun by Warriors
The Blue Devils had no answers for the state’s tenth ranked team, falling 84-22. Ashton Harrison had seven points and Parker Stevens added five for the Blue Devils. Layne Rund had a steal and an assist for VGHS.
Bitten by Tigers
Villa Grove was outscored 14-1 in overtime to drop a 62-49 decision to Westville on December 3. Peyton Smith had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double/double to lead VGHS. Ashton Harrison was the leading scorer for Villa Grove, draining two of five threes on his way to a 14-point night, and Layne Rund added nine points. Brady Clodfelder battled his way to nine rebounds, including three off the offensive glass to help the cause.