, with one of the wins coming last season as the
Kougars ended the Trojansí season in sectionals.
On Monday night at
Chesterton, the Trojans avenged the recent losses and also bounced back from
last Friday's loss to rival Valparaiso with a 53-40 win over Kankakee
Chesterton center Hailey Vale posed a clear threat for a K.V. roster that
featured just one player over 6-feet tall. It took about a quarter, but Vale
got rolling and ended up with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds
along with four blocks.
"When we're able to
move it around the court like that, we can skip it to me in the post and I
can always kick it out, too," Vale said. "When we're passing like that, it
makes for better ball movement and it breaks down the defense and that's
what we were trying to do (Monday). If we get everyone involved and get it
inside and out, it opens up the floor for all of us.
led 11-9 after one following a buzzer-beating jumper by Marney Sisson from
After a brief tie
at 11, the Trojans went on a 10-1 run but were answered by a 7-0 run from
the opposition. A two-point Chesterton lead at the half was highlighted by
reserves Kelly Carr and Ashley Craycraft, who accounted for eight of the
Trojans' 14 second-quarter points.
"You're only as
good as your entire team is," Campbell said. "It's not the five that are out
there all the time, it's the collection of teammates that makes you win
The teams exchanged
buckets early in the third as the lead remained at two. A 9-0 run, capped by
a three-point play from Vale, proved to be the difference in the second half
as the Trojan lead remained at least nine and as much as 12.
"We got it inside
to Hailey and we got Courtney Krol back in the game after some foul
trouble," Campbell said. "We turned it over a few times trying to get it to
(Vale) but when we were able to get it through to her, she either made a
basket or got fouled and made her foul shots."
Krol sat out the
majority of the first half, but still managed to score 11, scoring nine
after half. She also had four steals.
"It's a real good
win for us," Campbell said. "(Kankakee Valley) is a similar kind of team to
Valpo that they play a lot of zone and we had a lot of turnovers that game
throwing it over the top of the defense. You have to learn game to game and
I think we did a nice job adjusting and didn't have nearly as many
down 10 free throws in the fourth as Kankakee Valley (11-2) saw its
nine-game winning streak come to a close.
chipped in six points for the Trojans. Craycraft, Sisson and Maddie Scott
added five apiece. Scott also dished out four assists.