Whiteland outscored visiting Jennings County in both the third and fourth periods Thursday night but could not overcome a 13-point halftime deficit.
The Warriors dropped a 43-33 decision to the Panthers to fall to 1-17 on the season.
“We need to find a way to be in the game early,” Whiteland coach Kyle Shipp said.
“In the third and fourth quarters, we decided to go small, pick up our defensive pressure and drive to the rim. Overall, I’m proud of our second-half effort.”
Despite surrendering eight unanswered points to open the final period, the Warriors maintained a 9-7 scoring advantage in the third and a 12-11 advantage in the fourth.
“Winning quarters is one of the things we’re focusing on, and we were able to do that tonight,” Shipp said.
Freshman Sidney Crowe led Whiteland with 10 points. The 5-foot-7 guard also recorded five rebounds.
Teammate Monica Wagner, a junior, had nine points and four rebounds, while sophomore Kate White chipped in eight points and a game-high six rebounds.
The Warriors hit 13 of their 15 free-throw attempts but connected on only 10 of their 36 shots from the field.
In addition to its offensive woes, Whiteland struggled on the boards, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.
Jennings County posted 13 offensive rebounds and converted many of those opportunities into points.
“One thing we really work on is trying to prevent offensive rebounds,” Shipp said. “Our defense has to limit second chances.”
The Panthers’ Emily Ertel led all scorers with 15 points, with teammate Sidney Gerkin adding 10.
Jennings County struggled at the free-throw line, connecting on only 7 of 18 shot attempts.
“This is a process, and we’re getting better every day,” Shipp said. “That was a good basketball team we played tonight. We just have to keep improving because we know we have everybody back next year.”
The Warriors host Mid-State Conference opponent Mooresville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.