- Published on 06 December 2011
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WILBER — Playing on opening night is tough on a basketball team, but it’s even harder when the team you’re playing is your longtime rival.
The Wilber-Clatonia girls survived an 8-0 run by Tri County to start the game last Thursday, but couldn’t quite make back the deficit as the Trojans posted a 52-22 win over the Wolverines.
TC head coach Bryce Simpson said the Trojans were not relaxed coming out of the gate, but a few minutes after tipoff.
“We were a little tight to start, but that’s to be expected in a first game,” he said. “Once we settled down, took a few shots and got into the flow of the game, we started playing our game, began pushing the pace and things worked out for us.”
For W-C head mentor Doug Gross, watching a youthful set of Wolverines perform on the court was entertaining.
“There were definitely some bright points,” Gross remarked. “Overall, our youth did pretty well for the most part. The first half wasn’t too bad defensively especially toward end of the second quarter though it was better than in the second half.”
Gross said the varsity, which includes eight freshmen and two sophomores, has a great deal of learning ahead, but there is clear potential for success.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 7 print edition of The Crete News.