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CHS Girls use big run to knock off Lowell 54-26 in Sectional opener

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Ashley Craycraft spent the bus ride to Portage looking through pictures of her senior season with the Chesterton girls basketball team.

After her strong performance in the Class 4A sectional opener against Lowell, Craycraft will be able to add some more photos to the album and she guaranteed at least one more bus trip after the Trojans knocked off the Red Devils 54-26.

Craycraft had 13 points, including 10 during a 17-0 run to start the third quarter that helped Chesterton turn a tough postseason test into a laugher.

“I don’t want this to end,” Craycraft said. “I want to keep playing. I want to keep surprising people.”

The Trojans (18-5) scored the first seven points of the game, but then things fell off the rails offensively as longtime coach Jack Campbell kept imploring the team to be patient. Chesterton led by two points after the first quarter and took a 22-15 lead into the locker room where Campbell had to remind his squad to start moving the ball effectively.

“Offense? What offense,” Campbell said. “We never moved the ball from side to side. Their defense never did anything.”

Craycraft, who was held to just three points in the first half, finally rounded into form in the second half and the Trojans scored 17 straight points coming out of the locker room. By the time Lowell converted a free throw, Chesterton led by more than 20 points and the Trojans never looked back down the stretch.

“(That run) came from the movement of our team,” Craycraft said. “We all started to move for one another and that opened up opportunities.”

Emma Schmidt led the Trojans with 14 points while Nalani Malakowski added eight points and two 3-pointers. Schmidt’s performance was especially impressive considering she missed several days of school last week with flu-like symptoms.

Chesterton’s win means it will get another crack at undefeated Crown Point. The Bulldogs are 24-0 and knocked off the Trojans 60-33 on Jan. 24.

“We’ve earned the right to be the first team to get a crack at them,” Campbell said. “The first time we hung with them to start, made some mistakes and then they’ve just got so many weapons. We’ll get back to it and be ready to go.”

Chesterton 54, Lowell 26


Lowell (9-6-5-6)

Jordan Yuhasz 2-3 3-4 7, Abby Lewandowski 0-1 0-0 0, Alee Eaker 1-5 1-1 3, Abby Porch 0-0 0-0 0, Danielle Collins 1-3 2-2 4, Kahlan Krucina 0-5 2-4 2, Payton Gard 0-1 0-0 0, Kaylee Chavez 0-4 0-0 0, Emma Mulligan 0-0 0-1 0, Tori Langen 4-11 0-2 8, Katelyn Budz 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 8-34 10-16 28.

Chesterton (11-11-24-8)

Ashley Craycraft 5-12 3-4 13, Sophia Raffin 0-2 0-0 0, Nalani Malackowski 3-7 0-0 8, Carley Balas 2-9 3-4 7, Emma Pape 0-2 1-2 1, Emma Schmidt 5-12 2-5 14, Hollie Skoczek 1-3 0-0 3, Kaitlyn Carr 3-5 0-1 6, Lauren Davis 0-4 2-4 2. Totals 19-56 11-20 54.

3-point field goals: Lowell 0-3 (Alee Eaker 0-2, Kaylee Chavez 0-1); Chesterton 5-16 (Craycraft 0-1, Malackowski 2-6, Balas 0-2, Schmidt 2-5, Skoczek 1-3). Rebounds: Lowell 23 (Tori Langen 4, Kahlan Krucina 4); Chesterton 24 (Craycraft 6). Steals: Lowell 12 (Payton Gard 4); Chesterton 18 (Schmidt 5). Assists: Lowell 1 (Kaylee Chavez 1); Chesterton 6 (Craycraft 3).


Posted 2/5/2020




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