WHITING | When you play efficient basketball, it doesn't matter who is on the floor.
Whiting was without the services of leading scorer Brianna Blackwell due to a sprained foot, but it didn't matter Saturday night in the Oilers' 51-44 win over Boone Grove.
Blackwell, who leads Whiting with 22 points per game and is 31 points away from 1000 for her career, will miss a minimum of one week, as she watched the Oilers (8-4) score 19 points in the first quarter while the team committed no turnovers.
"It's not gonna be easy replacing (Blackwell), because she's one of our best players," said senior guard Citlali Lopez, who had team-highs of 16 points and seven assists. "We just have to show everyone that we're a tough team and work hard in practice."
The Oilers didn't commit their first turnover until 5:07 left in the second.
"We were trying to get everyone involved and comfortable and get a little more ball movement," Whiting coach Kevin Moynihan said.
The Wolves (2-9) answered in the third quarter with a 10-2 run, climbing back to within three with just under three minutes left in the quarter.
Two Lopez 3-pointers gave the Oilers a seven-point lead heading into fourth.
"That kind of took the wind out of their sails," Moynihan said. "CC is that type of player that can do those things, though."
At 2:08 mark in the fourth, Boone Grove crawled back to within five, but freshman Mercedes Trimble scored four of her 13 points in the last minute for Whiting to finish off the Wolves.
"When Mercedes plays aggressively, she can do it every night," Moynihan said of his power forward who added a game-high 11 rebounds. "We have to get her that confidence."