Danville slips by WHHS

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Lack of patience and focus were the big problems for Western Hills' boys basketball team Tuesday as it fell to Danville 69-61 at WHHS.

"We weren't very patient," WHHS coach Alan Spade said, "and we haven't been patient against the zone. But tonight we had some bone-headed plays at the start of the game when we could have been up 4-0.

"If we'd been more patient against the zone, instead of settling for jump shots, we could have worked the ball around and gotten it inside," he added. "I think we were a little complacent. We'd won four in a row, and fought hard in some of those games, but tonight we didn't come out with any fire. We didn't practice as hard as we could yesterday. We were lollygagging despite my best efforts to get us going."

Instead of being up 4-0 the Wolverines found themselves down 7-4 halfway through the first quarter Tuesday. At the end of the period they trailed 18-14.

Danville's board work gave the Admirals second and third chances at shots, and it was their inside shots that gave them the lead.

"We're doing a better job attacking the offensive boards," Danville coach Craig Pippen said. "That's something we're really stressing right now. We're very athletic, and we need to utilize our athleticism and block out, and tonight we did that."

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