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Fourth quarter dooms Trojan Girls in 65-43 loss to Kankakee Valley

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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.

"We practice 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.”

Kankakee Valley (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.

Chesterton (8-4) 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 fourth.

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.

“That’s what 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 well.”

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, Chesterton 43


Chesterton (5-15-14-9)

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 7-11 43.

Kankakee Valley (14-15-9-27)

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.

3-point field 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).

Junior Varsity

Kankakee Valley 48,

Chesterton 30

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 48-30 decision at Kankakee Valley on Monday night.

Offensively, Ashley Craycraft, Molly Slatcoff and Haley Moore all scored seven points to lead the Trojans.

Rounding out the scoring were Marney Sisson (4 points), Evelynn Pabon (2 points), Sydney Balas (2 points) and Annika Babcock (1 point).



Posted 12/20/2016




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