Hinkle leads Lady Wreckers to win over Panther Valley
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Brittany Hinkle (12) of Weatherly is blocked in her field goal attempt by Panther Valley's Brittany Cunfer in a girls' basketball game Saturday.
It hasn't been the type of year that Brittany Hinkle wanted to be having in her final campaign with the Weatherly girls' basketball team.
There has been way too many losses rather than victories celebrated than she hoped for.
Entering Saturday's afternoon's game with Panther Valley, Hinkle wasn't going about to let a potential win slip out of reach.
She took it upon herself in the second half to provide her team with the spark it needed to help secure a 38-34 win over the visiting Panthers (2-9).
"We were blowing all those easy lay-ups in the first half, so I knew I had to step it up," Hinkle said. "I took every shot that I could after the half. Whenever I saw an opening, I just went for it because I knew we needed it.
"I was able to put my all into it and we won the game. It was really nice to do so."
After being held scoreless in the first half, in which Weatherly (3-7 overall) took a slim 14-9 lead entering the locker rooms, the Wreckers' Tracy Galada scored the second half's first bucket on a driving lay-up.
After that, Galada, Alicia Panzarella and Sara Heister found several ways to get the ball into Hinkle inside.
In doing so, Hinkle went off to score the rest of the Wreckers' points in the third quarter off of easy lay-ups. The only other point in between Hinkle's lay-ups was a back end of a free-throw made by Panzarella.
While the Panthers' Mary Janes Thomas netted four of her nine points in that frame, Hinkle helped the Wreckers build a 25-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter scoring eight of her game-high 15 points.
"This probably was the best game that she has played in the last 11 we have played," Weatherly head coach PJ Hadzick said. "She held it together except for getting in foul trouble. But without Brittany today we would have probably lost this game. There's no question about it.
"You have to hand it to the guards (Galada, Panzarella and Heister). They got the ball into her at times. So, at least we stayed focus with that."
Hinkle went on to score seven more in the fourth quarter to give the Wreckers a 33-25 lead with 2:45 left in the game.
With 1:58 left in the game, Hinkle committed her fifth foul and was forced to rely on her Wrecker teammates to pull out the victory.
Despite the Panthers rolling off a 7-1 run and pulling within four (36-32) with 19.1 second left in the game, Panzarella may have sealed the victory by hitting both ends of a one-and-one free throws with 17.1 left.
Sam Zlock hit both one-and-one free throw attempts with 8.4 seconds left to post a Panthers-high with 11 points, but it wasn't enough to spoil Hinkle's wishes.
While Hinkle admitted she "was on the edge of her seat" and "wanted to jump up and down at times" in the waning moments, Panther Valley coach Josh Wank, who had coached Hinkle when he was at Weatherly two years ago, admitted he was simply impressed with his team's heart in the end.
"These kids didn't quit," Wank said. "They kept fighthing. They had a lot of guts fighting back they way they did to try and get ourselves back into the game.
"We're young and we have to continue to improve. That's got to be the way we approach the rest of the season. We have to get better every day."
Blasko 2-0-0-4, Phillips 0-1-2-1, Thomas 4-0-0-9, Rice 1-0-0-2, Markovich 0-0-0-0, Cullen 2-0-0-5, Cunfer 1-0-0-2, Zlock 3-5-8-11. TOTALS: 13-6-10-34.
J. Dougherty 2-0-0-4, E. Dougherty 0-0-2-0, Hinkle 7-1-1-15, Adamcyzk 0-0-1-0, Panzarella 2-4-7-8, Heister 1-1-4-3, Boyarski 0-1-2-1, Galada 3-0-1-7. TOTALS: 15-7-18-38.
Panther Vy. 2 7 9 16 - 34
Weatherly 2 12 11 13 - 38
Three-pointers: PV - Cullen 1, Thomas 1; Weatherly - Galada 1.