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Providence storms past Plainfield Central

01/09/2013, 10:15pm CST
By Tim Tierney

Providence opened a 24-8 lead in the first quarter, extended it to 42-21 by halftime and cruised to a 77-28 win Wednesday night over visiting Plainfield Central.

One indication the game likely was going to be a Providence victory was that all five Celtic starters were on the bench -- in the second quarter.

Providence opened a 24-8 lead in the first quarter, extended it to 42-21 by halftime and cruised to a 77-28 win Wednesday night over visiting Plainfield Central.

Point guard Alex Shermulis led Providence with 20 points. Alyssa Jurges had 18 points and six rebounds.

“We work well together — our whole team does,’’ Jurges said. “I think we just really found each other a lot [Wednesday night].” Crashing the boards definitely was a strength for Providence (9-9) as 11 different players had rebounds.

“It was a whole team effort,” Jurges said. “Everyone contributed. We had players off the bench who did a great job.”

Leah Schultz scored 12 points and Maeve Garvey seven both off the bench.

“I play a lot of kids this year,” Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “We go any given day 10, 11 deep. You never know who’s going to be hot or not. We go a little deeper with a lot of confidence. [Wednesday night] was just an extension of what we try to do most nights.”

Freshman Hennessey Handy led Plainfield Central with 10 points. Providence held Central (3-14) to seven points in the second half.

“There’s not a whole lot of positives in this one,” Central coach Mark Krusz said. “We got them into the bonus after the first quarter. We were being aggressive, we were attacking the basket. Then we fell away from that.”

After back-to-back home victories this week over Joliet West and Plainfield Central, Providence plays Saturday at Joliet Catholic.

With this season’s team, Copenhaver doesn’t expect a sluggish practice after a blowout victory.

“Out of all the teams I’ve coached here, they have the best practice work ethic,” she said.

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