DANVILLE — Georgetown-Ridge Farm girls’ basketball coaches Michelle Brooks and assistant Allan Hall are current staff members with a link to a part of the Buffaloes’ historic past.
The former Michelle Swinford played on the last G-RF team to win the Vermilion County tournament as well as the school’s last 20-win team. The 1991 team, when she was a sophomore, ended 25-4 and secured a county threepeat. Hall was one of the assistants.
Now Brooks is the head coach of the second-seeded Buffaloes (13-3), who took another step toward their goal with a first-round 51-33 conquest against Hoopeston Area on Saturday in the 33rd girls’ Vermilion County tournament at Palmer Arena.
“This group wants something to hang in the school. They want to leave their mark,” Brooks said. “It will be a tough road.”
Brittany Hay scored a game-high 21 points and Hall’s daughter, Callan, handled a game-high 12 rebounds (seven in the first quarter) as G-RF won its third consecutive game. Maya Green added 10 points and Kayla Wolpert had eight.
“We played through the bad times at the beginning (a 10-9 lead after one quarter) and regained our composure,” Brooks said.
Shelby Holzinger led the Cornjerkers (7-11) with nine points. She had seven rebounds as did teammate Sarah Dixon.
Bismarck-Henning 32, Salt Fork 27. Brooke Walsh had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) and the Blue Devils never trailed in their win against the Storm. Salt Fork shot 27.5 percent from the field (11 for 40).
“Defensively, we played very well,” B-H coach Mike Stephens said.
So, too, did Blue Devils point guard Lexi Ballard.
“She did one of her best jobs of getting us in our offense,” Stephens said. “Ballard was absolutely critical.”
B-H (7-14) committed just one fourth-quarter turnover. Freshman Lindsay Andrews scored eight points.
Salt Fork’s Kalyn Learnard hit all four of her shots from the field — including a three-pointer — and led the Storm (3-14) with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Westville 50, Oakwood 21. The Comets scored the first seven points before the Tigers reeled off 18 in a row to take a lead they would never lose.
Ashley Hoffman had nine of her 11 points in the first half for Westville (9-14). Hoffman and Danielle Gabehart shared the scoring lead for Westville (9-14). Hoffman cleared a team-high nine rebounds.
There was so little panic by the Tigers when they fell behind that coach Mike Chandler didn’t call a timeout.
“My philosophy is to keep the timeouts. You may need them at the end of the game,” Chandler said. “The way the game was going, I didn’t feel like it was in danger of getting away from us.”
Sadie Edwards led Oakwood with four points and 10 rebounds. Delaney Durst grabbed nine rebounds and scored the lone basket made by the Comets (5-14) the first 10 minutes of the second half.