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CHS girls basketball team beats Kankakee Valley

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Over the past two seasons, Kankakee Valley holds a 3-0 mark over Chesterton in girls basketball, 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 Valley.

At 6-foot-3, 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.

Chesterton (11-1) led 11-9 after one following a buzzer-beating jumper by Marney Sisson from the corner.

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 games."

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 turnovers."

Chesterton knocked down 10 free throws in the fourth as Kankakee Valley (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak come to a close.

Sarah Dzierba chipped in six points for the Trojans. Craycraft, Sisson and Maddie Scott added five apiece. Scott also dished out four assists.

Chesterton 53, Kankakee Valley 40


Kankakee Valley (9-14-7-10)

Lindsey Stokes 5 2-4 14, Sarah Martin 3 1-2 7, Maddie Swart 4 1-2 10, Catherine Cavinder 1 1-1 3, Kaylee Barrett 1 2-2 4, Carley DeKock 1 0-0 2, Karmen Nowak 0 0-0 0, Aubrey Toppen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 7-11 40.

Chesterton (11-14-14-14)

Maddie Scott 1 3-4 5, Courtney Krol 3 4-5 11 Sarah Dzierba 2 3-4 6, Hailey Vale 6 5-6 17, Marney Sisson 2 0-1 5, Ashley Craycraft 2 0-0 5, Kelly Carr 2 0-0 4, Molly Slatcoff 0 0-0 0, Evelyn Pabon 0 0-0 0, Haley Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 15-21 53.

3-point field goals: Kankakee Valley (Stokes 2, Swart); Chesterton (Krol, Dzierba, Sisson, Craycraft). Leaders -- Rebounds: Stokes 8 (KV); Vale 10 (C). Assists: Martin 3 (KV); Scott 4 (C). Steals: Cavinder 4 (KV); Krol 4 (C). Total fouls: Kankakee Valley 18, Chesterton 13. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. Records: Kankakee Valley 11-2, Chesterton 11-1.

Junior Varsity

Kankakee Valley 38,

Chesterton 33

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 38-33 decision to Kankakee Valley on Monday night.

Offensively, Nalani Malackowski led the way with 11 points and Emma Schmidt added eight.

Rounding out the scoring were Kaitlynn Carr (5 points), Lauren Davis (4 points), Tori Gerhardt (2 points) and Sydni Vale (1 point).


Posted 12/19/2017




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