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CHS Girls basketball season ends in Sectional Semifinals

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Jack Campbell and his staff game-planned an upset.

Early on the Chesterton girls basketball team gave the Merrillville Pirates all kinds of problems, but couldn’t convert chances and dropped a 64-47 decision in the semifinals of the IHSAA Sectional at Hobart on Friday.

“Our kids played hard and did the best they could in what we asked them to do,” Campbell said. “That’s all you can ask. Considering all the things that have happened to us this year, to finish 11-11, I’m happy with that.”

The Trojans frustrated the Pirates in the first quarter with a triangle-and-two defense that caused a 6-6 tie after one period.

“We had good shots at the basket in the first half and didn’t finish,” Campbell said. “Our defensive effort in the first half was great. Our game plan was good and the girls executed it well.”

Chesterton hit on just 3-of-17 shots (18 percent) from the floor in the first quarter, many coming from inside three feet of the basket.

The Trojans trailed 18-17 with 2:15 to go in the first half, but an 8-0 run heading into halftime put the Pirates in control.

“We had three or four possessions in a row where we didn’t get a shot,” Campbell said. “They go down to the other end and score and everything is going their way.”

The run included six more points to start the third quarter as the lead pushed to 32-17 Merrillville. The Trojans turned the ball over five times before scoring after the half.

“Our JV kids did a good job of simulating their speed and pressure in practice,” Campbell said. “But, that’s a really good team. They are quick, fast and talented.”

Another 12-0 run by the Pirates to end the third quarter pushed the lead to 53-28 and ended any upset bid.

Caroline Puntillo led the Trojans with 23 points in her final game, including 10-of-12 from the foul line.

“Caroline always plays hard and is a pure scorer,” Campbell said. “She’s such a competitor and has had such a great career. And most importantly, she’s a great kid and that will carry her a long way in life.”

It was also the final game for seniors Kelsey Conway (team-high seven rebounds) and Sarah Richards.

“The three seniors have basically started for three seasons for us,” Campbell said. “They’ve done all the things we asked them to do in the summer and that stuff makes the difference. They’ve been great.”

Merrillville 64, Chesterton 47


Chesterton (6-11-11-19)

Sarah Richards 0-2 0-0 0, Kelsey Conway 1-5 1-2 3, Kassidy Scott 0-6 2-2 2, Caroline Puntillo 6-15 10-12 23, Natalie Petro 1-2 0-0 2, Hailee Norton 3-7 0-0 7, Kayla Malackowski 1-1 0-0 2, Jordan Wadding 2-4 2-2 6, Lauren Kusbel 1-3 0-0 2, Tara Schnadenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Teresa Raffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-45 15-18 47.

Merrillville (6-20-27-11)

Jasmine Wright 4-12 0-0 8, Victoria Gaines 6-12 1-1 13, Jaz Talley 2-6 4-4 8, Audrianna Downs 5-7 1-3 12, Riana Todd 3-3 0-2 6, Alexus Shirrells 0-0 2-2 2, Kristin McGee 0-0 0-0 0, Shaquita Dillard 0-1 0-1 0, Myranda Harris 1-2 2-4 4, Tadja Outlar 0-0 0-0 0, Kiarra Thompson 1-1 0-0 3, Erika McClinton 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 25-47 10-17 64.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 2-11 (Scott 0-2, Conway 0-3, Puntillo 1-3, Norton 1-2, Kusbel 0-1); Merrillville 2-9 (Wright 0-5, Gaines 0-1, Talley 0-1, Downs 1-1, Thompson 1-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 23 (Conway 7); Merrillville 37 (Gaines 9, Todd 9). Assists: Chesterton 10 (Puntillo 3); Merrillville 6 (Talley 2, Downs 2). Steals: Chesterton 8 (Conway 2, Puntillo 2); Merrillville 6 (Gaines 2).



Posted 2/17/2014