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CHS Girls Basketball falls in Sectional opener

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A dream year came crashing to an end.

The Chesterton girls basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Valparaiso squad for the second time this season and fell 56-49 in the opening round of the IHSAA Sectional at Kankakee Valley on Wednesday.

“Valpo deserved to win,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “They made the big shots when they needed to.”

The Trojans built an early 9-5 lead with a pair of triples from Courtney Krol and one by Sarah Dzierba. Things would change at the 3:57 mark when Krol picked up her second foul and had to leave the floor.

Valpo immediately went on a 9-0 run that for a 14-9 lead that forced Krol back onto the floor. Five more Viking points pushed the lead to 19-11 at the end of a quarter.

“They are a good team. They beat us the first time by making every shot early and they did it again,” Campbell said. “We’ve watched them play several times, and they’ve lost six out of seven, and those shots haven’t been going in. It’s a rivalry game and maybe they just focus more against Chesterton.”

The Vikings continued to knock down three’s in the second quarter as the lead grew to 28-18 before an 8-3 Trojan run cut the lead to 31-26 at the break.

“They had 11 offensive rebounds in the first half,” Campbell said. “You can’t give a team that was shooting the ball like they did extra shots.”

The Trojans pulled within 35-32 midway through the third quarter and trailed 40-34 at the end of three.

“Our kids don’t quit,” Campbell said. “They kept battling and battling.”

Dzierba hit a triple and a six-for-six streak at the foul line put the Trojans on top 32-42 with 5:26 to play. It was their first lead since 9-7.

The hot-shooting Vikings did it again and got back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 51-43 lead and they were never challenged again.

“We took the one-point lead and they make three 3’s,” Campbell said. “That’s girls’ basketball. You’re never good until there is no time on the clock. It’s disappointing, but you can’t let this define your season. We had a great year.”

Krol finished with a game-high 27 points in her final game as a Trojan.

“She had a great year,” Campbell said. “She’s the head of the snake for us and there hasn’t been a game where she didn’t play well for us on the offensive and defensive end. She’s the best we’ve had here in a long time.”

Chesterton hit on just 12-of-48 shots (25 percent) from the floor, but were 20-of-20 from the foul line as they concluded a 20-3 season.

“Things like this year just don’t happen starting Oct. 15,” Campbell said. “It’s a lot of summers and a lot of games that contribute to this. These seniors have put in all the time and done all the work. Can’t ask anything else from them.”

Valparaiso 56, Chesterton 49


Valparaiso (19-12-9-16)

Jessica Gast 3-6 6-8 14, Shea Pendleton 3-7 0-0 9, Aleah Ferngren 0-3 0-8 0, Ariana Gerdt 2-11 2-3 6, Taelynn Oelling 6-12 5-7 17, Sarah Douglas 0-5 0-0 0, Taylor Zimmerman 2-4 0-0 6, Kianna Oelling 1-2 2-3 4, Avery Hicks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 15-29 56.

Chesterton (11-15-8-15)

Maddie Scott 2-10 0-0 4, Courtney Krol 7-13 10-10 27, Sarah Dzierba 3-11 0-0 8, Hailey Vale 0-4 8-8 8, Marney Sisson 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Craycraft 0-5 2-2 2, Haley Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Kelly Carr 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-48 20-20 49.

3-point field goals: Valparaiso 7-16 (Gast 2-3, Pendleton 3-5, Gerdt 0-1, Douglas 0-2, Zimmerman 2-4, K. Oelling 0-1); Chesterton 5-17 (Krol 3-6, Dzierba 2-6, Sisson 0-2, Craycraft 0-3). Rebounds: Valparaiso 39 (Gerdt 15); Chesterton 39 (Sisson 11). Steals: Valparaiso 10 (Gerdt 4); Chesterton 9 (Scott 2, Vale 2). Assists: Valparaiso 11 (Ferngren 3, Zimmerman 3); Chesterton 6 (Scott 2).



Posted 2/1/2018




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