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November 15, 2013

Shorter leads Warriors past Redskins in season opener

Kings top Hornetsin Burnett's debut.

Stephanie Shorter would run through a wall for her Winamac girls basketball team.

She did run through the doors on the east end of the Winamac gymnasium literally while hustling for a loose ball Thursday night.

She also put the Warriors on her back.

Shorter scored a career-high 39 points to lift the Warriors to a 61-60 over Knox in the season opener.

It was Shorter’s hustle that also led to the game-winning points. Trailing 60-59, she grabbed a loose-ball rebound following a Bethany Brogdon miss and was fouled. Shorter hit both free throws in the double bonus with 22.7 seconds left that held up for the game-winning points.

There was a wild finish from there. Sarah Coad, who led the Redskins with 20 points, had a driving shot in the final seconds do a 360 around the rim and roll off. A putback attempt by a teammate was off and Winamac was able to hold on for the win.

Shorter sprained her ankle on a rebound attempt on the last play of the game. She finished the contest with a double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds.

“I had some really good help. If I didn’t have any of those passes I wouldn’t have had any of those points,” she said. “My team really stepped up toward the end and played awesome defense.”

The Warriors trailed 29-20 at halftime but dialed up fullcourt pressure in the second half and led 44-41 after three.

Bethany Brogdon finished with 12 points and five assists despite playing less than five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.

“Beth, when we got her back off the bench because of fouls stabilized us there,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said.

Ali Larkin and Michaela Ingram chipped in three points apiece for Winamac, and Stephanie Crist and Mackenzie Howard each added two.

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