Myriama Smith-Traore, shown in the Dec. 20 game against Jefferson, helped the Lady Whippets extend their win-streak to seven with a 71-47 win over Delavan-Darien Dec. 22. Smith-Traore led all scorers with 21 points. (Bob Mischka photo)

By Kevin Cunningham


There’s no other way to put it other than to say that Whitewater High School’s girls basketball team dominated the first half of its lone game last week against Delavan-Darien. The Whippets were 6-1 overall heading into the game on Dec. 22 while the Comets were 1-5.

The records and home-court advantage for Whitewater gave an exact representation of how the game would go. By the end of the first half, the Whippets led, 45-9.

Once the game came to its conclusion, Whitewater won, 67-21. Myriama Smith-Traore led all scorers with 21 points and three different Whippets – Rebekah Schumacher with 13 and Allison Heckert with 11 – would score at least 11. No Comet scored more than seven points in the game.

Smith-Traore’s successful night was displayed in many ways statistically, as to go along with her 21 points, the senior forward who is committed to playing at Marquette next season also grabbed 16 rebounds while recording six blocked shots, four steals and three assists.

As a team, the Whippets blocked 10 shots, got 25 steals and assisted on 21 of its made field goals.

Whitewater made 20 two-point field goals, four 3-pointers and went 15-of-21 from the free throw line. Conversely, Delavan-Darien made seven two-pointers, none from behind the arc and went 7-of-17 from the charity stripe.

Whitewater head coach Judy Harms said it was great that the team got everybody into the game. The players’ parents and guardians were recognized and treated to refreshments after the game.

For the Whippets, the team has now won seven straight games after losing its season-opener by six points. Whitewater has been off since the game against the Comets, on Dec. 22, and will continue the break until its 7:15 p.m. game on Jan. 3 against Lake Mills at Whitewater High School.

Lake Mills is currently 2-7 overall. Following Lake Mills, the Whippets will also get Brodhead at home on Jan. 5.



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