EAST WHITELAND >> There were no nerves for Courtney Warley as she took the court in a Bishop Shanahan uniform for the first time.
Warley has played in plenty of pressure-packed games over the last two years for West Chester Rustin. Shanahan’s season opener was just another opportunity for Warley to showcase her skills.
With Devon Adams out due to sickness, Warley quickly became the focal point of the Eagles’ full-court attack.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
“We all play similar styles really,” Warley said. “I didn’t feel out of place at all. That’s how I like to play in Coach Fran (Burbidge’s) offense. Get up and down the court and find an easy shot.”
Warley fit in perfectly in her first game with the Eagles with a game-high 20 points as Bishop Shanahan never trailed in a 63-22 victory over Interboro in the opening game of the Great Valley Tournament Friday afternoon.
The game came to Warley from the opening tip as she finished 10-for-11 from the field with six rebounds and four steals. Overall, Shanahan (1-0) had 19 steals in the contest.
Ciara Forde finished with six steals on the afternoon and scored 12 points. Forde was the distributor of eight of Warley’s points as she was able to find Warley racing to the basket after causing numerous Interboro turnovers at the top of the key.
“Courtney did really well today,” Forde said. “She was great running the floor and making all her lay-ups in transition. It’s awesome to have five people that can run the floor really fast so we can pass the ball quick and get the easy lay-up. We did a great job at doing that.”
“Courtney is a really athletic kid that was a lot of basketball skills,” said Shanahan head coach Fran Burbidge. “You can see she has a good feel for the game. She’s able to anticipate well and put herself in positions to rotate and make plays.”
The Eagles never put their season opener in doubt by starting the game on a 13-0 run which was capped by a Warley steal at half-court that resulted in a easy lay-up with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Warley had eight points in the stretch and had 10 total in the opening eight minutes.
The closest the Bucs got to Shanahan was at 15-7 before the Eagles went on a 16-0 run to take full control of the game. Warley and Forde combined for 14 points during the stretch as Shanahan was up 33-7 with just 2:29 left in the second quarter.
“We wanted to see how they handed the full-court press,” Burbidge said. “If we allowed them (Interboro) to run sets and their plays, they can be pretty effective. We were fortunate to get off to that good start and work on some other things as the game progressed.”
The win was the start of three games in three days for Shanahan. The Eagles will face Exeter in the second game of the Great Valley Tournament tonight before facing Lansdale Catholic in the Blue Chip Classic at Spring-Ford Sunday.
So far, Shanahan is off to a good start.
“We did well in what we wanted to do today,” Forde said. “We didn’t lose our energy at all throughout the game, which was a big part. Hopefully we can keep that up throughout the weekend.”
|December 4, 2015||3:30 pm||Ches-Mont League||2015|