Lady Dragons honor special seniors, roll to victory over Corry
The Warren Lady Dragons had plenty of time to celebrate the contributions made by their seniors on Senior Night.
They held visiting Corry without a field goal through the first three quarters on their way to a 51-13 Region 6 win Monday. The program recognized seniors Alanna Hultberg, Margo Loutzenhiser and Sierra Matson prior to tipoff.
“We tell all our players we want them to leave a legacy,” Warren coach Lisa LaVan said. “Those three are definitely leaving a legacy.”
Loutzenhiser and Hultberg helped get Warren (18-3 overall, 8-2 Region 6) off to a fast start as the pair combined to score nine of the Dragons’ 19 first quarter points. The stifling defense kept Corry (4-18, 0-10) off the board in the first quarter.
Warren scored the first 27 points of the game before Corry finally broke through with a Davia Fisher free throw with 3:22 remaining in the first half. Miranda Nickerson hit a second free throw later in the quarter, but the half belonged to the Dragons who held a 40-2 lead at halftime.
“These girls, every time they step on the floor they want to play games like Harbor Creek, General McLane and Villa,” LaVan said. “Corry has a great program. Coach (Meghan) Sisson does a really nice job.”
The Dragons blanked the Beavers again in the third quarter, and LaVan was able to bring her seniors off the floor early in the fourth quarter to a rousing ovation from the home crowd.
“Our program is about passing of the torch and it’s exciting to see,” LaVan said. “All three are teaching (the underclassmen) different aspects of the game. Margo is teaching hard work. Sierra is unselfish play and Alanna is that never back down attitude.”
Riley Childress had a game-high 14 points. Loutzenhiser had 13 points and eight rebounds and Emma Ruhlman had six points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Hultberg closed out her home career with five points and Matson four. Warren also finished the regular season undefeated at home for the first time in five years.
“To be undefeated at home is awesome,” LaVan said. “It makes me feel pretty good.”
Still, the victory was bittersweet. LaVan tweeted early in the day how she felt about losing such talented players and reiterated it again after the game.
“The best part of coaching is watching them grow,” she said. “The hardest part is letting them go.”
Warren won the junior varsity game, 32-22.
Katie Madigan had a game-high 20 points and Halee Mineweaser nine in the win.
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Frisina 2-0-0-5, Garvin 1-0-0-2, Brady 1-0-0-2, Fisher 0-1-2-1, Nickerson 0-1-2-1, Riedel 0-0-0-0, Scouten 0-0-0-0, Graham 0-0-0-0, Pierson 0-0-0-0, Team 4-2-4-11
R. Childress 6-1-2-14, Loutzenhiser 6-1-2-13, Ruhlman 1-4-6-6, T. Childress 2-0-0-5, Hultberg 1-3-4-5, Matson 1-2-2-4, Paris 2-0-0-4, Mineweaser 0-0-0-0, Walker 0-0-0-0, Madigan 0-0-0-0, Bowman 0-0-0-0, Kraft 0-0-0-0, Munksgard 0-0-0-0, Albaugh 0-0-0-0, Team 19-11-16-51
Corry 0 2 0 11 – 13
Warren 19 12 9 11 – 51
3-point FGs: Corry (1)-Frisina. Warren (2)-R. Childress, T. Childress.