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Women’s basketball: Waubonsee outworks Harper College

Updated: December 13, 2012 11:07PM

Adversity does not have a reserved parking place at Waubonsee Community College.

It does, however, have a seat on the bench whenever the women’s basketball team takes the floor.

The season was barely three weeks old when Emma Darby, Waubonsee’s tallest player, went down with a knee injury. Two weeks later sophomore Karla Vietinghoff, the Chiefs’ best player, also suffered a knee injury.

Both await surgery and are lost for the season making head coach Dana Wagner and assistant Jim Sury reach for the adjustment folder.

“Obviously, people have to play many more minutes than they’re used to,” Wagner said. “We’ve kicked it (playing time) up a notch. Mainly, we’ve been trying to work on our conditioning.”

It appears to be working.

The Chiefs (5-6) outworked Harper College in the second half Thursday night and walked away with a 71-57 victory.

While there is no doubt the Chiefs miss Darby and Vietinghoff, other players have stepped up as they did against Harper.

Freshman guard Emily Magee tossed in a team-high 20 points, hitting 4-of-8 three-point shots in the process. Katilyn Rosa, another freshman, scored 14 points and worked hard for six of Waubonsee’s 40 rebounds.

Then there was the defense. Harper’s Nichole Soderholm killed WCC’s zone in the first half, nailing 5-of-6 shots from behind the arc for 17 points and 6-0 center Monica Hinderer added 12 points as the Hawks took a 33-31 lead to intermission.

“That top person on the zone was supposed to deny her the ball,” Wagner said. “We slowed her down (and) we did a good job.”

The Chiefs clamped down on Soderholm, holding her to one basket the second half. While Hinderer did finish with a game-high 24 points, she took 29 shots to get them.

“Katilyn Rosa, for the most part, did a nice job in there,” Wagner said. “I think a lot of her (Hinderer) shots were tough shots because Kate was in her face.”

WCC also received some fine contributions from LaDesha Nelson (11 points), Amber Carroll (6 points), Ashley Wilk (6 points, 6 rebounds), Sam Alvis (10 points) and Michelle Fabriciano (4 points, 6 assists).

All of them were needed, especially with Darby and Vietinghoff sitting on the bench.

“We’ve got a lot of points sitting on the bench,” Wagner said. “But, we’ll be all right.”

There aren’t many other choices.

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