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Chesterton Girls pick up 40-27 DAC victory

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By TR HARLAN

The ball didn’t go in much, but it went enough.

The Chesterton girls basketball team made just 10 baskets on Friday night en route to a 40-27 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Portage.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We really struggled early on, but our extended defense made a big difference.”

The Trojans trailed 9-1 after the opening quarter as they missed all five field goal attempts. Their first basket wouldn’t come until 3:57 to go in the second quarter by Kelsey Conway.

That basket cut the lead to 14-5 and keyed a 10-2 run to end the half that pulled Chesterton within 16-13.

“Once something finally went in, I thought we settled down a little,” Campbell said. “It never affected the way we played defensively and that’s a credit to the kids.”

Things turned quickly in the second half as Caroline Puntillo scored and Kassidy Scott’s triple put the Trojans on top 18-16 for the first time.

Jocelyn Lipscomb hit a trey as well as the Trojan defense kept Portage to just 1-of-5 shooting in the third quarter and forced eight turnovers.

“(Portage) had a plan on what they wanted to do against us in the half-court, that was obvious,” Campbell said. “When we extended it to more full-court, they struggled with it. Jocelyn (Lipscomb) is so good at the point of the defense, we were able to get a lot of deflections and steals.”

Triples from Puntillo and Lipscomb early in the fourth quarter put the Trojans on top 28-22. Chesterton hit 10-of-11 free throws, including 10 straight from Puntillo, to set the final score.

Puntillo led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, while Lipscomb finished with 13 points.

Chesterton 40, Portage 27

AT CHESTERTON

Portage (9-7-3-8)

Sierra Piro 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsay Givens 1-3 2-2 4, Kaitlyn Steers 2-10 1-4 6, Alexis Johnson 2-8 0-2 4, Kaitlin Doud 4-11 3-6 7, Kaitlyn Shafer 0-0 0-0 0, Salina McConnell 0-1 2-4 2, Alex Gardner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-33 8-18 27.

Chesterton (1-12-9-8)

Sarah Richards 0-4 0-0 0, Kelsey Conway 1-2 0-1 2, Caroline Puntillo 2-13 13-14 18, Jocelyn Lipscomb 5-7 0-0 13, Natalie Petro 0-2 0-0 0, McKenzie Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Kassidy Scott 1-2 1-2 4, Hailee Norton 1-1 0-0 3, Kayla Malackowski 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Wadding 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Kusbel 0-0 0-0 0, Hayley Sekula 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 10-36 14-17 40.

3-point field goals: Portage 1-8 (Steers 1-4, Doud 0-3, McConnell 0-1); Chesterton 6-15 (Richards 0-3, Puntillo 1-5, Lipscomb 3-4, Scott 1-1, Norton 1-1, Sekula 0-1). Rebounds: Portage 34 (Doud 9); Chesterton 24 (Puntillo 10). Assists: Portage 6 (Piro 4); Chesterton 5 (Puntillo 3). Steals: Portage 1 (Piro 1); Chesterton 11 (Puntillo 3).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 40, Portage 27

The Chesterton junior varsity girls basketball team picked up a 40-27 victory over Portage on Friday night.

Lia Lombardini led the Trojans with 10 points, while Teresa Raffin added eight points. Shannon McCoy tallied five points.

Rounding out the scoring for CHS were Cammie Brown (4 points), Taylor Eaton (3 points), Tara Schnadenberg (3 points), Jenna Tarnowski (2 points), Daisy Judy (2 points), Xaundra Rodriguez (2 points) and Sam Warren (1 point).

 

Posted 12/16/2013