Chesterton Tribune

 

 

Chesterton Girls fall 54-45 late at Valparaiso

Back To Front Page

By TR HARLAN

Execution down the stretch was the difference.

After Hailee Norton hit a pair of free throws with 3:44 to play, the Valparaiso Vikings went on 12-3 run to close out the game and pick up a 54-45 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Chesterton on Friday night.

“They made foul shots or got an offensive rebound basket every time down the court late in the game,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We were one and done. Nobody was on the backboards for us on either end.”

The Vikings hit 7-of-9 free throws in the final 2:45 and 13-of-18 from the line on the night. They also connected on 7-of-12 shots from 3-point range.

“We’re not trying to foul, but the way we played tonight, I’m really questioning playing the aggressive defense,” Campbell said. “We didn’t play well. We didn’t block out and all that stuff is fixable if they decide they want to put the effort in to fix it.”

The Trojans first lead of the game came early in the second quarter as Jocelyn Lipscomb, Caroline Puntillo and Hayley Sekula all hit consecutive triples for a 19-12 advantage.

Valparaiso answered with a 12-2 run for a 24-21 lead before Chesterton got five straight point to finish the half up 26-24.

The lead grew to 30-24 early in the third quarter before another 5-0 Valpo run. Neither team led by more than four points until the final Viking run.

“We had good shots and the ball didn’t go in the basket,” Campbell said.

On the night, Chesterton hit 15-of-55 shots (27 percent) from the floor and 4-of-22 shots (18 percent) from 3-point range.

“We want kids to be in rhythm when they take shots and we were early in the offense after one pass,” Campbell said. “But it didn’t go in and we didn’t go get it. It might as well be a turnover.”

Puntillo led the Trojans with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Valparaiso 54, Chesterton 45

AT VALPARAISO

Chesterton (10-16-10-9)

Sarah Richards 2-4 0-0 4, Kelsey Conway 0-2 2-2 2, Caroline Puntillo 5-15 4-5 16, Jocelyn Lipscomb 1-4 1-2 4, Hayley Sekula 3-9 0-0 7, Natalie Petro 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Sullivan 0-3 0-0 0, Kassidy Scott 2-9 0-0 4, Hailee Norton 1-4 2-2 4, Kayla Malackowski 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Wadding 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Kusbel 1-2 2-2 4. Totals -- 15-55 11-13 45.

Valparaiso (12-12-10-20)

Grace Withrow 6-15 5-7 20, Maggie Meyer 1-4 0-0 3, Heather Fetla 4-9 0-0 11, Steph Parker 3-6 6-7 12, Kristina Veljovic 2-3 0-2 4, Nicole Chiabai 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Gates 0-0 2-2 2, Lexi Ferngren 1-2 0-0 2, Lauren Caputo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 17-40 13-18 54.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 4-22 (Puntillo 2-6, Lipscomb 1-3, Sullivan 0-1, Scott 0-1, Norton 0-2, Sekula 1-5, Malackowski 0-2, Wadding 0-1, Kusbel 0-1); Valparaiso 7-12 (Withrow 3-5, Meyer 1-2, Fetla 3-4, Caputo 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 38 (Puntillo 10); Valparaiso 30 (Parker 7). Assists: Chesterton 6 (Puntillo 2); Valparaiso 7 (Withrow 2, Veljovic 2, Ferngren 2). Steals: 9 (Richards 3); Valparaiso 1 (Parker 1).

Junior Varsity

Valparaiso 32, Chesterton 22

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 32-22 decision to Valparaiso on Friday night.

Lia Lombardini led the way for the Trojans offensively with nine points, while Shannon McCoy added five points and Jenna Tarnowski tallied three.

Rounding out the scoring were Taylor Eaton (2 points), Cammie Brown (1 point), Sam Warren (1 point) and Daisy Judy (1 point).

 

 

Posted 12/23/2013