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CHS Girls Basketball outlasts Crown Point

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It was bad. Then it was worse. Then it was fine.

The Chesterton girls basketball team missed 20 consecutive shots and didn’t make a basket for 15:58 Friday night and still came out with a 38-32 Duneland Athletic Conference victory at Crown Point.

“I was trying to figure it out,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “I don’t know how we won the game.”

The Trojans trailed 28-22 after three quarters, but dominated the final period at the foul line and outscored the Bulldogs 16-4 to get the win.

“I’ve had teams in the past that miss a couple shots and all of a sudden they don’t guard anybody,” Campbell said. “For the most part, every night this year, our defense has shown up. This is one of those teams that just finds a way.

“Defensively, we just kept after them, applying pressure. You figure that eventually they’ll crack.”

Courtney Krol started the final quarter with a free throw and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 28-26. Two free throws from Hailey Vale tied the game with 4:29 to play.

“We were getting the ball to the basket, but didn’t make a shot or get a foul,” Campbell said of the first half. “I know they aren’t all fouls, but with a 6-3 girl, there has to be some contact in there.”

That changed in the final quarter as Vale knocked down two more free throws to put the Trojans on top 30-29 with 3:11 to play and they never trailed again.

The Trojans were 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final quarter.

“You can’t control how well you shoot. You do have control of how hard you play and your effort,” Campbell said. “We missed free throws early, but we’ve been shooting them well all year. In the fourth quarter, we knocked them down.”

Krol led all scorers with 15 points and Vale added 10 points to go along with six rebounds.

“Their full-court pressure was a concern, but when we got the ball in Courtney Krol’s hands, she’s awfully hard to contain with one or two people,” Campbell said.

Rounding out the scoring for Chesterton were Maddie Scott (4 points), Ashley Craycraft (3 points), Sarah Dzierba (2 points), Marney Sisson (2 points) and Kelly Carr (2 points).

“I think having our seniors out there that have been through the first, that certainly helps,” Campbell said. “We’ve won 18 games prior to this and they just believe that they’re going to figure out a way to win it.”

The Trojans return to the court Friday night for the regular season finale and Senior Night as they host Andrean. The JV game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

Chesterton 38, Crown Point 32


Chesterton (12-3-7-16)

Maddie Scott 0-6 4-7 4, Courtney Krol 5-8 3-6 15, Sarah Dzierba 0-4 2-2 2, Hailey Vale 1-10 8-10 10, Marney Sisson 1-2 0-0 2, Ashley Craycraft 1-5 1-2 3, Haley Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Kelly Carr 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 9-36 18-27 38.

Crown Point (13-5-10-4)

Caitlyn Phillips 1-3 0-0 3, Ellie Van Deel 4-8 6-8 14, Taylor Tyndall 1-2 0-0 2, Mya Scheidt 2-11 1-3 7, Gabbie Vania 0-1 0-0 0, Alyna Santiago 2-7 0-2 4, Paige Sanborn 0-2 2-2 2, Abby Stoddard 0-5 0-1 0. Totals 10-39 9-16 32.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 2-11 (Scott 0-1, Krol 2-4, Dzierba 0-4, Craycraft 0-2); Crown Point 3-14 (Phillips 1-2, Van Deel 0-1, Scheidt 2-6, Santiago 0-1, Stoddard 0-4). Rebounds: Chesterton 29 (Scott 6, Vale 6); Crown Point 37 (Scheidt 5, Vania 5, Stoddard 5). Assists: Chesterton 4 (Krol 2); Crown Point 6 (Scheidt 3). Steals: Chesterton 8 (Krol 3); Crown Point 7 (Scheidt 6).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 29, Crown Point 24

The Chesterton junior varsity improved to 15-6 on the year with a 29-24 victory over Crown Point on Saturday morning.

Nalani Malackowski led the Trojans with 12 points, while Emma Schmidt added seven points.

Rounding out the scoring were Sydney Balas (4 points), Kaitlyn Carr (4 points) and Sydni Vale (2 points).



Posted 1/22/2018




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