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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Indiana girls drop regular-season finale

by The Indiana Gazette on February 09, 2014 1:34 AM

SLIPPERY ROCK — Basketball season can drag on, and for the Indiana High girls team, Saturday just wasn’t a good day.

The good news is that it means very little in terms of the big picture.

Capping a busy week that saw the Indians clinch a share of the WPIAL Section 3-AAA title, Indiana came out sluggish in a non-conference game at Slippery Rock and never recovered, losing 43-30.

The host Rockets led 11-8 at the end of one quarter and 21-14 at halftime, and Indiana (18-4) never made a game of it in the second half.

“It was a good defensive game for both teams,” said Indiana coach Dave Woodall, “but we just didn’t shoot well offensively. We couldn’t put the ball in the hoop. We were kind of sluggish because we’ve played a lot of games lately.”

The good news is that the game against the Rockets, from District 10, doesn’t count toward anything in regard to the WPIAL playoffs, which begin next week. The Indians will learn Tuesday night who they will play in the first round. But the bad news is that the Indians will enter the playoffs having lost a game.

Regardless, Saturday’s game was the continuation of a rivalry with Slippery Rock that dates to more than 10 years ago. It’s usually a tight battle that this year the Rockets came out on top of.

“Every year, we try to find a good team or two outside the WPIAL to play who can give us a good game,” Woodall said, “and they do that. It’s become a great rivalry because they’re usually a pretty good team.”

Lucy Bujdos was the only Indiana player to reach double figures, with 10 points. Nicole Papley scored 21 for Slippery Rock.

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