CHURUBUSCO — Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch made the difference in Whitko’s win against Churubusco Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats won the Whitley County rivalry game by a final of 56-52.
Churubusco had a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Consecutive steals and baskets from Whitko freshmen Brianna Cumberland and Aly Reiff cut the Lady Eagle lead to just one.
From that point, Whitko got to the line often enough to close the gap. The free-throw shooting was not perfect, but Cumberland knocked down four in a row to seal the win in the game’s final minute.
“That’s a big change from last year,” Whitko Head Girls Basketball Coach Brandon Bradley said of the free-throw shooting. “We shot 62.5 percent. That’s not too bad, but we’d like to be closer to 70.”
Whitko just played Columbia City Friday and lost to its other county rival.
Bradley said free-throw shooting was ultimately the difference in both games.
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