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Craycraft and Trojans rout South Central 58-40

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If Chesterton’s girls basketball team was a car, it would be a fast one and Ashley Craycraft would be the engine.

“I definitely do have that drive,” the Trojans senior guard said, going along with the theme. “I get that from my dad. I credit a lot of it to him. That’s just me as a person. I love picking all of (my teammates) up and they’re always there to pick me up, too. It’s just a great environment. I love it.”

The fiery Craycraft posted 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in sparking Chesterton to a 58-40 win over South Central on Friday.

“I’ve never coached anybody like her,” Trojans coach Jack Campbell said. “She’s special. She drives us. It’s extremely important. You’ve got to have a leader, a kid with a great heart, and that’s what she is. She’s a born leader. She’s a tremendous competitor. It’s unbelievable.”

Craycraft came out on fire, scoring Chesterton’s first eight points, including a pair of 3s, and notched 10 in the quarter to fuel a 20-point Trojans start.

“I think it really boosts all of us as a whole,” she said. “This sport is so amazing, once you get going, you’ve just got to go. Everybody feeds off of each other. It’s just great.”

Nalani Malackowski picked up where Craycraft left off in the second quarter with a layup, free throw and a 3 in a 12-2 run that pushed a two-point margin to 12 (32-20) just before the half.

“We really put pressure on the ball,” Craycraft said. “Everyone was on their defensive game.”

In a matchup of teams who both use a 1-3-1 trap, Chesterton got the better of it, contributing to 21 turnovers and a 32 percent shooting night for the Satellites (4-1).

"You think they may have taken that from us?” Campbell said. “When somebody’s running at you every time you shoot the ball, at some point it can affect you. It’s what we do. If we do it better than they do, then we’ve got a chance.”

Emma Schmidt and Malackowski nailed triples coming out of the half to quickly push the spread to 15 and it never reverted to single digits.

“That’s the name of our game. We don’t have size, but if we shoot it fairly well, we can be pretty good,” Campbell said. “We’ve got at least three girls who can score 12, 15 points on a given night. If they don’t and somebody else chips in, even better.”

Schmidt (six rebounds) backed Craycraft with 14 points and Malackowski (three steals) notched nine. All three had a pair of triples. Kaitlyn Carr posted eight points.

“They’ve got shooters. You have to play defense consistently and we didn’t. We missed a lot of coverages,” SC coach Wes Bucher said. “We talked about being ready to guard and close out on Craycraft and we didn’t do a very good job of that. They run the 1-3-1 as well. They know how to break it. If you’re going to ever see a better example of a 1-3-1, it’s going to be Chesterton. It takes a while for young kids to get acclimated to that kind of energy.”

Craycraft capped her night in the fourth quarter with a putback basket off her free throw miss, drawing a post-game jab from her coach.

"Of course, she never listens to us,” Campbell said. “She shoots a foul shot, she goes to rebound, coach (Fred) Mitchell yells no, she puts it in and scores.”

The performance offset an 18-point night for South Central’s Faith Biggs, who made four 3s but got little help from her teammates.

“It wasn’t perfect certainly, but that’s a good win for us,” Campbell said. “It kind of felt like a trap game, a 4A school playing a 1A, 2A school. They have nothing to lose, everything to gain. That’s beside the point. They’re a very good team. They’re well-coached. It’s not just (Amber) Wolf. They have some other kids.”

Chesterton (4-1) hosts Lake Central in the Duneland Athletic Conference opener Wednesday.

“I definitely think we’ll be underdogs,” Craycraft said. “Nobody’s going to see us coming. We’re going to surprise a lot of people, especially with our energy, our heart.”

Chesterton 58, South Central 40


South Central (14-9-6-11)

Olivia Marks 1-3 1-1 3, Abbie Tomblin 2-7 0-0 4, Faith Biggs 7-13 0-0 18, Amber Wolf 3-8 7-12 13, Delanie Gale 0-8 0-0 0, Lillian Tolmen 1-4 0-1 2, Lexy Wade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-43 8-14 40.

Chesterton (20-12-10-16)

Ashley Craycraft 5-12 7-9 19, Nalani Malackowski 3-7 1-2 9, Emma Schmidy 5-9 2-2 14, Kaitlyn Carr 4-5 0-0 8, Carley Balas 0-3 4-4 4, Lauren Davis 1-2 0-2 2, Hollie Skoczek 1-3 0-0 2, Emma Pape 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Raffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 14-19 58.

3-point field goals: South Central 4 (Biggs 4); Chesterton 6 (Craycraft 2, Malackowski 2, Schmidt 2).

Leaders -- Wolf 4 (SC), Schmidt 6 (C). Assists: Tomblin 3 (SC), Craycraft 2, Malackowski 2 (C). Steals:

Tomblin 3 (SC), Malackowski 3 (C).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 51, Gary Roosevelt 9

The Chesterton junior varsity allowed Gary Roosevelt to score just four points over the final three quarters and cruised to a 51-9 victory on Friday night.

Mannat Singh led the Trojans with nine points, while Amani Brown and Liz Pokorney scored eight points each.

Rounding out the scoring were Chloe Wisniewski (7 points), Madison Davis (6 points), Emily Richardson (5 points), Kristina Kokot (5 points) and Bree Gentry (3 points).


Posted 11/25/2019




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