UTICA — Without Myranda Wolfe in the lineup, somebody had to step up for the host Utica Redskins. Thursday night, the entire team did.
With Tory Minton leading the way, the Redskins mowed down backyard rival Heath, 73-48, in non-conference girls baketball action.
Minton tied her season-high, scoring 27 points. Kelly Overton threw in 18. Rachel Londot grabbed 10 of her team’s 35 rebounds and the Redskins, as a team, only turned the ball over seven times. Those performances eased the pain that the Redskins were feeling with Wolfe battling knee issues.
“Hopefully, she’s going to be ready to go (for the tournament),” said Utica coach Michelle Snow. “Tonight, we had a lot of kids ready to step up to the plate. When one of your main players is out of the game, you never know how a team is going to react. But they did a nice job reacting to that tonight.”
With Martasha Hinkle’s height and physical presence in the low post for Heath, the Redskins certainly had their hands full. It appeared that Hinkle was getting the best of the Redskins early in the game.
“It was tied at the end of the first quarter and their big kid made a huge difference down there.” said Snow. “When she got into some foul trouble, we were able to kind of exploit that. We played 10 kids deep tonight, which is nice — especially when you are playing three games this week so, hopefully, our kids will be rested and ready to go on Saturday. The kids on the bench contributed and they were completely involved in the game and that makes a big difference.”