Whiteland’s girls basketball team continues to finish games strong, coach Kyle Shipp says. Unfortunately for the Warriors, slow starts continue to plague them, as well, and that’s what decided Tuesday’s game against visiting Roncalli.
The Rebels, ranked No. 17 in Class 4A, held Whiteland to just two first-half field goals while building a 27-7 halftime lead. That paved the way for Roncalli’s 43-25 victory, which kept it undefeated at 4-0 and dropped the host Warriors to 3-5.
Whiteland outscored Roncalli 13-4 in the fourth quarter but managed only 12 points in the first three periods. Shipp said his team needs to start games more aggressively.
“It’s like we’re testing the waters instead of coming out crisp,” Shipp said. “I wasn’t real pleased with the way we started, which is why I called two timeouts early. We’ve got to develop the mentality that we know we can win.”