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Whiteland loses, but not before going double OT

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Three players scored in double-figures for Whiteland’s girls basketball team Friday night, but the Warriors lost in double-overtime to visiting Southport 61-55.

The Cardinals (7-4) outscored Whiteland 8-2 in the game’s second overtime period to secure their third consecutive win.

“We did a nice job of doing what we wanted to do during the first two quarters, but we just weren’t finishing,” said first-year Warriors coach Kyle Shipp. “In the second half, we made some costly errors and took some bad shots. We just have to learn how to win.”

Neither team led by more than five points until Whiteland built a nine-point advantage in the fourth quarter following back-to-back 3-point baskets by seniors Jordyn Francis and Chelsea Perry and then a layup by Francis.

However, Southport stormed back with a 7-0 run and ultimately pushed the game into overtime on a steal and layup by senior Bria Wright, who also hit a 3-point

basket to send the game into its second extra quarter.

“In the first half, we did a pretty good job defensively on Bria,” Shipp said. “We tried to trap her, and that frustrated her a little. Then she hit that big three in overtime, and that gave them momentum going into the second overtime.”

Throughout the game, both teams struggled from the floor. The Warriors connected on only 19 of their 61 shots from the field, while the Cardinals were good on 26 of 67 field-goal attempts.

Perry, who scored 10 of her team’s 24 points in the opening half, led Whiteland in scoring with a 17-point effort. Senior Michaela Harris added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Phillips chipped in 10 points.

For Southport, senior Grace Clark led the way with 16 points, followed by Wright with 13. Junior Molly Bridges added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“Really, we felt like we outplayed them for most of the game. We just couldn’t find a way to get that extra basket when we really needed it,” Shipp said. “Overall, the girls played hard. I’m pleased with their effort.”

Whiteland travels Wednesday to Center Grove for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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