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Storm taking baby steps

PRINCETON — The final score may have been lopsided but Bureau Valley coach Tiffany Gonigam was able to come away with some positive things following their 52-5 loss to the Putnam County Lady Panthers in Thursday night action at the Princeton Holiday Tournament.

Gonigam challenged her team to double their shot attempts and cut down on turnovers in the second half and her team reached both of those goals.

“We only shot the ball 11 times in the first half according to our stats. (Putnam County) had 23 attempts,” said Gonigam. “I told the girls that makes a huge difference. I challenged them to double their shots and we took 22 shots in the second half, so they literally doubled that. I asked them to cut their turnovers down in the second half and we did that as well.”

All five of the Storm’s points in the game came in the fourth quarter. Nicole Bornsheuer got BV on the board with a free throw early in the period and Heaven Bennett and Cathy Johnson had nearly identical baskets, both bank shots from the right elbow, in the final three minutes of the game

Putnam County had a big first half from guard Daniela Pavlovich who made five of seven shots for 13 points to lead her team to a 24-0 advantage at the halftime break.

Taylor Pettit hit four 3-pointers and scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Lady Panthers in scoring.

Gonigam admits the next couple of games will be tough with limited practice time. The Storm play Saturday, Monday and Tuesday with no practice time in between.

“I wish we had more time to practice but we are going to keep working,” said Gonigam. “We are a young team. The program is definitely rebuilding. I thought we were a little further along than we were. But, we are going to keep working hard and as you can see tonight the girls play with a lot of heart.”

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