The signs were
there that it was going to be a long night for Chesterton early in its
Monday night matchup against Kankakee Valley.
The Trojans didn’t
get a shot up until a few minutes into the first quarter, turning it over on
its first handful possessions. They totaled ten turnovers in the first
quarter and 27 for the game, but still were within one near the end of the
third quarter. However, Kankakee Valley took over the fourth quarter in a
major way leading to a 65-43 win.
against a 1-3-1 zone every day, but it didn't look like it," Chesterton
coach Jack Campbell said. "It was some of the choices we made passing, and (Raegan)
Walther on the top is just a really good athlete. She always gets her hand
on the ball, and when she gets the ball, it's going to be points.”
(11-1) raced out to an 8-0 lead and led 14-5 after the first frame. The
deficit was brought back down to 20-17 in the second quarter, but K.V. took
a nine-point advantage into the break at 29-20.
put together a run of its own out of the half, eventually bringing the game
within one on a Hailey Vale put-back. However, a Lindsey Stokes 3 in the
waning seconds of the quarter was just a preview of what was to come in the
All of a sudden,
Chesterton found itself down nine after the 3 by Stokes, a 3 by Kaylee
Barrett and a steal and lay-up by Walther. The lead swelled to 15 as the
Kougars used a 12-1 run to take full control of the game that was once well
within reach. By the end of the final quarter, the Trojans had been
outscored 27-9 and were dealt their second straight loss.
"That's the kind of
team that they have and they can do that to you," Campbell said. "They're
going to duck their head and go to the basket and it's a matter of us
stopping them from doing it. Walther is such a good athlete and Stokes was
lights out. We tried not to leave Stokes but it's hard when you want to stop
dribble penetration at the same time.
“It was a one point
game, but that’s just the nature of the beast. That’s why basketball is such
a great game. The guarantees are that there are no guarantees.”
While K.V. is a
potential sectional opponent for Chesterton, Campbell isn’t exactly jumping
at the idea of playing them again.
everybody is supposed to say, that we want to play them again, but we lost
by 22 points,” he said. “We’ve scouted them, watched them on tape, know what
they do, and if we can’t stop that then it’s going to be really difficult to
beat them. We know we’d have to play a really good game and shoot extremely
Only four players
recorded points for Chesterton as Shannon McCoy’s 20 points led the way.
Hailey Vale added 13 points and seven rebounds. Chelsea Jackson and Courtney
Krol had five points apiece with Krol recording four steals.
Kankakee Valley 65,
AT KANKAKEE VALLEY
Jenna Tarnowski 0-0
0-0 0, Maddie Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Shannon McCoy 8-12 2-4 20, Courtney Krol 1-6
3-3 5, Sarah Dzierba 0-4 0-0 0, Jenna Wadding 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Vale 6-8 1-2
13, Chelsea Jackson 2-8 1-2 5, Brittany Privett 0-1 0-0 0, Annika Babcock
0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Sisson 0-2 0-0 0, Marney Sisson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-43
Maddie Stewart 0-4
3-6 3, Catherine Cavinder 1-3 2-2 4, Kaylee Barrett 2-2 0-0 5, Lindsey
Stokes 7-14 4-5 23, Sarah Martin 1-4 2-2 5, Raegan Walther 8-13 6-10 22,
Hannah Cambe 0-1 1-2 1, Nicole Nannenga 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Fase 1-1 0-0 2.
Totals 20-43 18-27 65.
goals: Chesterton 2-11 (McCoy 2-3, Krol 0-1, Dzierba 0-3, Jackson 0-2,
Privett 0-1, S. Sisson 0-1); Kankakee Valley 7-13 (Barrett 1-1, Stokes 5-9,
Martin 1-2, Nannenga 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 25 (McCoy 7); Kankakee
Valley 24 (Martin 5, Walther 5). Assists: Chesterton 7 (Dzierba 3); Kankakee
Valley 2 (Swart 1, Cavinder 1). Steals: Chesterton 7 (Krol 3); Kankakee
Valley 16 (Walther 9).