To end it, the 5-foot-8 junior guard felt more comfortable from closer range. Statter took over against Crystal Lake Central, scoring 10 straight points on shots from 10 feet or closer. Four came from directly under the basket, as she sneaked around Tigers defenders for easy scores.
“She’s starting to have that ability to score when you need it,” Wolves coach Rick Lima said. “When she gets the ball in the open court, she’s very, very difficult to stop.
“She saw where she could attack, attacked and she came up with a huge 33 [points] for us.”
Statter’s 33 points broke her previous career high (30 points against East Aurora set earlier this season), and the Wolves started the new year with a 47-42 Fox Valley Conference win over the Tigers on Wednesday at Central Fieldhouse.
Prairie Ridge improved to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the FVC, while the Tigers dropped to 9-8 and 3-4, respectively.
Statter partially tore her PCL over the summer and worked tirelessly on her jumper. Against the Tigers, Statter did most of her damage on the dribble and drive. She made three 3s and was 6 of 9 from the free-throw line.
“I knew that if I can just try to drive and draw those fouls, and maybe get to the free-throw line, that would probably be our best bet,” said Statter, who made 12-of-21 shots altogether.
“We knew that we were better than we were showing. I’m just really proud of my team. I think we’re ready to prove ourselves the second half.”
Statter’s 10 consecutive points at the end of the third and first possession of the fourth turned a 33-29 deficit into a 39-33 lead. Central eventually cut the Wolves’ lead to one, but Prairie Ridge finished on a 6-2 run.
“She can hit from the outside, but she was getting loose in transition, and we weren’t executing defensively and cutting her off.” Central coach Derek Crabill said. “When we don’t execute, when we’re not us, things like that are going to happen. She’s good; she takes it to the hole and finds a way to get her shot off.”