junior Jamie Anderson fights for control of the ball agaist
Twin Valley South junior Katie Straszheim. The Lady Trojans got their
second win of the season and first in the Cross County Conference,
61-35 over thr Panthers Thursday.
Lady Trojans get off
interstate with second win of the season
Arcanum gets first conference win of 2011-12
By George Starks
ARCANUM- Rachel Fearon was all smiles and she had every right to be
After getting her first win of the season in the Burkett Tournament,
her Lady Trojans have been stuck on the interstate with that one
victory for the last five games.
Thursday night, the Trojans got win number two. Fearon watched her
girls do nearly everything right as the Trojans rolled the Panthers
The difference came in the second quarter when the Trojans went to a
simple man press. Holding a 8-5 first quarter lead, the Trojans broke
it open in the second quarter.
Employing the press, Arcanum forced 12 Panther turnovers in the second
and out-scored Twin Valley South 22-7 to take a commanding 30-12 lead
at the break.
“That is the first time we have had that kind of a lead at the half,”
said Fearon. “I told the girls, you can’t back down going into the
third quarter and you can’t be satisfied. They came out, ready to play
and they never backed down.”
Down 18 heading into the third, the Panthers sense of urgency kicked in
and the Panthers went on a 10-4 spurt to start the frame. With the
Panthers closing to within a 34-22 count, Fearon had seen enough,
calling for time at the 3:40 mark.
“I think they went on a 6-0, 8-0 run there to start the second half and
I told the girls we weren’t being patient on offense,” Fearon stated.
“I was able to calm them down a little and they went out a did what
needed to be done”
When sophomore Abby O’Donnell got into foul trouble in the first
quarter, it was senior Amber Snell that kept things going. Dropping in
three treys for the Trojans, Snell kept the attack going.
“She never missed a beat with Abby on the bench,” Fearon said. “I told
her that this was her senior year and every game she plays from now on
was going to be her last against that team as a Trojan. She went out
there tonight and got it done.”
In limited play time, O’Donnell finished the game with 12 points and 10
rebounds while Snell added 11 in support.
“She had a great second half,” Fearon stated. “I told her that if she
was going to turn it around, now was the time and she did it.”
With such a young, inexperienced team, Fearon has started from scratch
and was teaching the fundamentals.
“I’ve gotten away from the X’s and O’s and went back to teaching the
fundamentals in practice this week,” Fearon pointed out. “We hit this
gym every day and we hit it hard. They have been working hard and I
think it showed tonight in the way they played. I can’t say how
important fundamentals are. I walked into this program and these girls
were lacking fundamentals and I finally came to the conclusion with my
staff, that we needed to throw the X’s and O’s out the door and get
back to the basics and we’ve been hitting them hard the last three
weeks and it showed tonight.”
The Arcanum junior varsity went to 3-3 on the season with a 42-30
victory over South.
Now 2-5, the Trojans will host Brookville on Monday.