Setting the tone

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As Megan Krol (12) looks on, Rachel Bell (11) dives for the ball. Bell scored six points in her first game back from her ACL injury.

Jimmy Lafakis

The Lady Indians stormed out of the gate and cruised to an 80-16 victory over the Griffith Panthers. Their fierce, up-tempo attack was the driving force behind the win.

“It felt great to [start] the new season. We have been waiting for this day since the season ended last year. We just knew we had to go out, play our game and do all of the little things,” Victoria Gard (11) said.

Before the contest, Lindsay Kusbel (12), Tara Zlotkowski (12) and Gina Rubino (12) signed their National Letters of Intent. Kusbel committed to Grand Valley State University, while Zlotkowski and Rubino signed with Indiana University Northwest. That trifecta, combined with Megan Krol (12) and Rachel Bell (11), composed the starting lineup. This was Bell’s first game back from tearing her ACL last season.

“It felt so good to be back on the court again. You just have to experience it to know how it feels. I realized that you can never take any minute for granted- you have to cherish every moment you can,” Bell said.

The Tribe flexed their muscle in the opener, and they aim to keep the momentum going. This was the first step in the journey to a state championship at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

“I’m really looking forward to our team’s success. We have a good group this year and I can’t wait to see the outcome,” Gard said.