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Dolphins are swimming up stream to State Title

NORMAL - Friday night’s final match up was between heavily favorite Whitney Young Dolphins (31-1) and the Geneva Vikings (32-0). The Dolphins are returning to the state championship game for the eighth time with a victory of 63 - 42 over the Vikings. “I thought we played nine minutes of our style of basketball,” Coach Irvin said. “We didn’t execute early and I told them at halftime we needed to limit touches for a couple of their players and push the tempo.”

The Dolphins came right out scoring and took a big lead of 20- 7 in the first quarter. Porsha Harris and Ashlee Anderson both showed that experience does help on big stages with both players having double-double statistical games.

The undefeated Vikings were not going down without a fight. Taylor Whitley hit two three-pointers to energize the team which cut Young’s lead at the half to 22 – 21.

“At the beginning, we were nervous and our shots weren’t falling,” said the second team all-state player. “But even in the fourth quarter, we didn’t give up. We just kept playing our game.”

This proved to be so true… with 2:41 left in the third, the Vikings took their first lead of the game, 31 -30. But the Dolphins answered back with an 8-0 run including two three-pointers by Harris, who finished the contest with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

“We had experience and when we got down, we knew how to get back up through intensity and defense,” Anderson said during the press conference.

During a quick break in the game Coach Irvin lit a fire with second team all-state player Chanise Jenkins, who “wasn’t in the game,” Coach said. After this, well, Jenkins became the torch that we are familiar with causing two key turnovers and hitting two baskets.


Whitney Young’s principal Dr. Joyce Kenner rolled her sleeves up and cheered the team on to victory.

It’s De Ja Vu all over again…. Young will face Bolingbrook in the Class 4A state title game Saturday night and we’ll be courtside…. Hope to see you there!!!

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