WEST LIBERTY – WL-S maintained an early lead and held off a late Tippecanoe rally to beat the Red Devils, 43-40, in non-league girls basketball on Monday.
“It was a big win for the girls,” WL-S Coach Dennis McIntosh said. “We adjusted to basically everything they threw at us.”
The Tigers did indeed do just that, countering several Tipp presses and digging in defensively at the other end of the court.
WL-S pushed out to a 24-16 lead at halftime and held a 10-point margin after three quarters at 33-23.
“I wouldn’t have ever dreamed we’d have held them to 40 points,” McIntosh said. “We put the pressure on them. We didn’t get a lot of turnovers out of it, but it kept them from running up and down the floor.”
Jamie Peterson finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Tigers, while Lily Yoder added 9 points.
The game was physical from the tip-off, with lots of bumping, holding and reaching being allowed at both ends by the officials. Peterson, the cornerstone of the WL-S attack, caught the brunt of the force.
Tippecanoe pulled within five points at 35-30 with four minutes remaining in the game, then scored again to make it 35-32.
But Peterson iced the game away at the free throw line late, going 9-of-13 overall for the game and nailing her final six attempts to thwart the Red Devils’ comeback.
“I can’t say enough about the way Jamie played tonight,” McIntosh said. “It doesn’t bother her. She doesn’t show the emotion she used to. She’s gotten tougher.”
Tippecanoe won the jayvee game, 40-29. Peyton Kerns had 8 points and Mya King added 6 for the Tigers in that contest.
West Liberty-Salem (9-2) hosts Indian Lake on Jan. 4.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.