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Chesterton Girls fall in regular season finale

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Don’t try telling Jack Campbell that Friday night’s contest against the Valparaiso girls basketball team didn’t mean anything. 

The longtime Chesterton coach spent much of the fourth quarter calling timeouts and strategizing on how the Trojans could get back in the game despite trailing by double digits entering the final quarter.

The Vikings ultimately held on for a 56-48 victory in a preview of Tuesday night’s sectional opener, but not before the Trojans made things interesting down the stretch, getting within two possessions. 

“The thing about the first time we played them, we lost by 19,” Campbell said. “Then this time, we lost by eight. It’s getting closer.”

With both teams out of the running for a Duneland Athletic Conference championship, and with Tuesday’s postseason game carrying all the meaning, there was an expectation that Campbell and Valparaiso coach Jeanette Gray would leave the clipboards at home for Friday’s game, not wanting to give away too much strategy. 

Campbell would have none of that talk.

“We played them straight up,” Campbell said. “The teams know each other pretty well already.”

Claire Holba scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Trojans, including a 3-pointer late in the game that kept Chesterton within striking distance.

“She’s had an outstanding year and has really come leaps and bounds,” Campbell said. “Her game has really expanded.”

An early highlight of the game came in the first quarter when Ryan Bozak nailed a 3-pointer to give the Trojans a 9-4 lead. Bozak was fouled after the play by Valparaiso’s Clarisse Fletcher and went to the free throw line. Bozak hit both shots to complete the rare five-point play.

“That was a big moment there, something that gets the motor going a little bit,” Campbell said. 

The Trojans finished out the regular season at 7-13 and 4-10 in the conference. With three players being lost for the year with knee injuries, Campbell has enjoyed working through the season with a group that looks different than he expected from the beginning of the season.

“This is definitely a far different team than we thought would be here,” Campbell said. “It’s been a work in progress and that will continue next week.”

Valparaiso 56, Chesterton 48


Chesterton (11-14-9-14)

Ryan Bozak 1-5 2-2 5, Alyssa White 2-5 4-4 8, Maddie Houpt 0-0 0-1 0, Lindsay Gorman 1-5 3-4 6, Claire Holba 11-17 4-6 27, Reva Key 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Taubert 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-34 13-17 48.

Valparaiso (9-18-19-10)

Sarkisian 1-3 1-3 4, Clinkenbeard 1-3 3-4 5, Fletcher 0-1 0-0 0, Ostojic 8-19 0-0 21, Paul 1-5 5-6 7, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Lang 9-11 1-1 19, Diveris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 10-14 56.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 3-8 (Bozak 1-3, White 0-1, Gorman 1-3, Holba 1-1); Valparaiso 6-17 (Sarkisian 1-3, Ostojic 5-12, Paul 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 23 (Holba 9); Valparaiso 24 (Paul 6). Steals: Chesterton 6 (White 2, Holba 2); Valparaiso 6 (Paul 3). Assists: Chesterton 3 (Bozak 2); Valparaiso 9 (Paul 3).

Junior Varsity

Valparaiso 48, Chesterton 29

The Valparaiso Vikings jumped out to a 25-14 halftime lead and allowed Chesterton to score just one third quarter point en route to a 48-29 victory.

Ari Mahaffey scored a game-high 14 points, while Megan Matheny added seven points. Anna Raffin and Shelby Gwizdalski each scored three points.

Kelly Braun scored two points to round out the scoring.



Posted 2/8/2010




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