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Chesterton Girls fall to No 8 Merrillville

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There’s only so much gas in the tank.

The Chesterton girls basketball did just about everything they could Tuesday night, but dropped a 60-50 Duneland Athletic Conference decision to No. 8 Merrillville.

“The kids did a great job tonight,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We played a good first half and then fatigue set in a little late. With the number of minutes our kids play, that’s going to happen.”

The Trojans used an early 5-0 run to take a 7-4 lead as Claire Holba scored Chesterton’s first five points. The lead would grow to 17-13 at the end of the first period.

Holba finished with a career-high 30 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.

“Claire did a great job tonight, 30 points and 16 rebounds, that’s not a bad day’s work,” Campbell said. “In the last week or so, she’s been unbelievable. She’s been more focused and playing really hard. She’s really been special.”

Merrillville answered in the second quarter as Bryonna Davis scored 14 of her team-high 25 points in the period to give the Pirates a 29-27 lead at the halftime break.

“With Davis, not only can she make the great move, she can finish at the basket,” Campbell said. “There aren’t a lot of girls that can do that.”

Raveen Murray started an 8-2 run in the third quarter as Merrillville’s lead grew to 37-29. Murray would finish with 11 points.

“I thought our kids did a nice job of containing Murray,” Campbell said. “In the games we saw earlier, she went right through everybody with dribble penetration.”

Holba scored back-to-back baskets as the Trojans battled back and when Ryan Bozak hit a jumper to end the period, Merrillville’s lead was only 45-42.

But, as the needle edged toward empty, the Pirates exploded with a 9-2 run and pushed the lead to 54-44 with 5:14 to play.

“We could have layed down, but we battled the entire time,” Campbell said. “It was a good ballgame.”

The Pirates finished the game by hitting 4-of-5 free throw in the final minute to set the final score.

Merrillville 60, Chesterton 50


Merrillville (13-16-16-15)

Latoi Merriweather 1-2 0-0 3, Raveen Murray 5-13 1-1 11, Bryonna Davis 10-28 2-3 25, Lydia Hawkins 3-7 3-5 9, Tracee Mitchell 3-4 1-2 7, Jasmyne Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Jasmine Wade 2-4 1-2 5, Robin Williamson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 8-13 60.

Chesterton (17-10-15-8)

Ryan Bozak 3-4 2-2 8, Alyssa White 1-6 2-2 4, Lindsay Gorman 0-5 0-0 0, Claire Holba 14-22 2-4 30, Riley Taubert 4-11 0-0 8, Maddie Houpt 0-0 0-0 0, Reva Key 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 6-8 50.

3-point field goals: Merrillville 4-17 (Merriweather 1-1, Murray 0-1, Davis 3-14, Wade 0-1); Chesterton 0-9 (Bozak 0-1, White 0-2, Gorman 0-4, Taubert 0-2). Rebounds: Merrillville 30 (Murray 6, Hawkins 6); Chesterton 36 (Holba 16). Assists: Merrillville 4 (Murray 3); Chesterton 16 (Bozak 4, Gorman 4). Steals: Merrillville 13 (Davis 6); Chesterton 3 (Bozak 2).

Junior Varsity

Merrillville 33, Chesterton 20

The Merrillville Pirates built a 21-8 halftime lead and cruised to a 33-20 victory Tuesday night at Chesterton High School.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Hannah McCafferty with seven points, while Kierstin Berry scored four points and Kelly Braun had three points. Taylor Bissonette and Kathleen Sheeran each tallied two points.

Rounding out the scoring with one point each were Anna Raffin and Shelby Gwizdalski.



Posted 1/27/2010




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