After losing four straight games, the Whiteland girls basketball team registered a signature win against host Jennings County, 49-42, Thursday night.
In their previous contest, the Warriors came out on the wrong end of a buzzer-beating 43-42 victory by county rival Greenwood.
Returning to practice at the first of the week, first-year coach Kyle Shipp had a straightforward message: “Let’s get back to work.”
Up against a Panthers team that had a distinct height advantage, Whiteland patiently worked for shots and then added a strong second-half defense that kept it on top.
“We have played a lot of close games in the last two weeks, so I think that’s teaching us how to win basketball games,” Shipp said. “Once we get stops and value the basketball, we have good player movement and good ball movement. Then we look for a score, so that was a huge win.”