MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley girls never gave up Thursday night, just like their dear friend Cora Peters.
When Prophetstown stretched a seven-point lead to 30 in the third quarter Monday night, the Storm reached for some inspiration from Peters, the Bureau Valley Homecoming Queen who lost her battle with cancer on Monday.
The Storm never gave up, battling the Three Rivers North frontrunners to the end, trimming the final score to 62-41.
“I think everybody’s mind was still on Cora. I think the biggest lesson learned from her was to never give up. We talked about that in our timeouts, we talked about that before the game, we talked about it at halftime,” BV coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “I knew this was going to be a tough team. They’re the number one team in the conference. I don’t know if I’ve seen that anybody’s given them a game. We talked about we were going to need to never give up.”
In the first half, Bureau Valley gave the Lady Prophets everything they wanted and then some. The Storm won the first quarter 11-10 led by sophomore guard Darcy Kepner with five points.
Katie Stafford had eight points in the second quarter to help the Lady Prophets secure a 24-17 halftime lead.
Helena Arnadottir, a senior foreign exchange student from Iceland, drove the length of the floor on a fastbreak to open the third quarter and cut the Prophetstown lead to five at 24-19. The rest of the third quarter, however, belonged to the Lady Prophets.
Prophetstown outscored the Storm 25-7 the rest of the third quarter to take a 49-26 lead. The Lady Prophets warmed up on a cold night, hitting four 3-pointers in the third quarter, finishing7-28 (25 percent) beyond the arc.
For good measure, the Lady Prophets tacked on the first seven points of the fourth quarter to complete a 32-7 run to go up 56-26.
At that point, the Storm used some of Cora Peters’ never give up mantra, scoring 10 straight points to close within 56-36. Savannah Dean hit a three and two free throws and Val Reuter added a hoop and banked in a three to cap the 10-0 run.
“I thought we had a lull in the third quarter where we weren’t getting much going offensively. .... They came out in fourth quarter and knocked down some shots. They may have been tired in the third quarter, but they stepped up in the fourth, I was very happy with that,” said Gonigam.
Kepner finished with a team-high 12 points and Val Reuter added 10. Stafford netted a game-high 17 or Prophetstown.
• Notes: Gonigam said many of the Storm team members were close friends to Cora Peters and would be attending her visitation and funeral in the school auditorium Saturday. She said everyone in school has been affected by Cora’s battle with cancer whether they were close friends with her or not. Gonigam said that was what being a team is all about.
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