After watching Christina Bisutti score 12 points while helping Ready build a two-point halftime lead Saturday on the Eagles' home floor, Watterson High School girls basketball coach Tom Woodford challenged Cami
Frommeyer and Stasia Valentino with the task of shutting down the Silver Knights' leading scorer in the second half.

The senior guards responded by limiting Bisutti to just two points in the second half as the Eagles rallied to earn a 54-48 victory.

Watterson improved to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the CCL as the Silver Knights dropped to 9-6 and 5-3.

"Bisutti really hurt us in the first half so we changed up who we had guarding her and we used a box-and-one on her at times in the second half," Woodford said. "We had two of our better defenders (Mary Kate Campbell
and Daiva Gerbec) on her in the first half, but she's so skinny and such a tough player that she was able to fight through some tight screens that our post players weren't able to get through to get open. Cami and Stasia
chased her all over the court in the second half and they never let her get back into a rhythm."

After falling behind 25-23 at intermission, the Eagles out-scored the Silver Knights 13-6 in the third quarter and led by as much as 40-32 early in the fourth quarter.

The Silver Knights went on a 12-5 run and pulled within 45-44 on a 3-pointer by Courtney Neff with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining.

But in the final two minutes, Ready turned the ball over three times and Watterson made seven of nine foul shots to seal the victory.

Gerbec had 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Melissa Gilliland had 12 points and Campbell had five steals to lead Watterson. For Ready, Taylor Riggs had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Ready was 15-for-45 from the field and 14-for-18 from the foul line and out-rebounded Watterson 28-23.

The Eagles were 16-for-55 from field but were 17-for-20 from the foul line and had 16 offensive rebounds to Ready's 11.

Watterson turned over the ball over eight times and had no turnovers in the second half. Ready committed 16 turnovers.

"In crunch time, you saw a very disciplined Watterson team that got the ball to the right people and they made the big shots when they really needed them," Ready coach Joe Lang said. "We should have been more focused
and disciplined than we were in the second half to be honest with you. Watterson didn't have any turnovers in the second half and their mental toughness set them apart in this game."