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Late Valpo basket beats Trojans 44-42

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It took three quarters to get going, but the Trojans needed 10 more seconds.

Valparaiso got a put back on an offensive rebound with :08 on the clock and escaped Chesterton with a 44-42 Duneland Athletic Conference girls basketball victory on Friday night.

“We battled back and had a chance to win,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We didn’t make baskets or score. Just disappointed offensively. We had a lot of unforced turnovers that were just bad decisions.”

After the basket by Taelynn Oelling, the Trojans rushed the ball down the floor and got a floater from Shannon McCoy off in the final seconds. Courtney Krol rebounded the ball and was fouled with :0.1 left.

Krol’s first free throw bounced off the back of the rim and the intentionally missed second charity shot landed in Valpo arms as the horn sounded.

Chelsea Jackson and Brittany Privett led the Trojans with eight points each, while McCoy and Krol each scored seven points in the loss.

“When we don’t generate offense out of our defense, it’s a struggle,” Campbell said.

Chesterton had an early 4-2 lead before a 10-0 Valparaiso run that would up in a 14-9 lead after one quarter.

The lead grew to 21-9 as the Vikings started the second quarter on a 7-0 run before McCoy hit a 3-pointer that keyed a 12-2 run that pulled Chesterton within 23-21 with 2:01 to play in the half.

“They are big with the four 6-footers they start,” Campbell said. “It makes it easier to pass the ball over us and some of those passes are because our kids just didn’t get up and pressure the passer. That’s something we know we have to do and just didn’t.”

The Vikings led 35-25 before Privett hit a triple and a free throw from Hailey Vale cut the lead to 35-29 after three quarters.

A conventional three-point play by Krol cut the lead to 41-37 before Valpo’s Ariana Gerdt split a pair of free throws.

McCoy’s 3-pointer and a basket by Krol tied the game at 42 with 4:02 to play. Neither team scored until Oelling’s rebound basket.

“The things we did wrong are fixable,” Campbell said. “Now we have to make a decision if we want to work at fixing them. I guess we’ll see.”

The Trojans return to the court tonight when they travel to Kankakee Valley to face the Kougars.

Valparaiso 44, Chesterton 42


Valparaiso (14-13-8-9)

Madison Karp 1-6 2-4 5, Taylor Zimmerman 1-1 0-0 2, Ariana Gerdt 5-12 1-2 12, Taelynn Oelling 5-9 0-2 11, Madison Ochs 1-3 2-2 4, Sarah Douglas 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica Gast 4-8 2-2 10, Kayla Leverich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-39 8-15 44.

Chesterton (9-12-8-13)

Jenna Tarnowski 1-3 0-0 2, Shannon McCoy 2-5 1-2 7, Courtney Krol 3-11 1-4 7, Hailey Vale 2-5 1-2 5, Chelsea Jackson 1-6 6-8 8, Sydney Sisson 1-2 0-0 2, Sarah Dzierba 1-4 0-0 3, Jenna Wadding 0-0 0-0 0, Brittany Privett 2-2 2-2 8. Totals 13-38 11-18 42.

3-point field goals: Valparaiso 2-9 (Karp 1-4, Gerdt 0-1, Oelling 1-4); Chesterton 5-16 (Tarnowski 0-2, McCoy 2-2, Krol 0-4, Dzierba 1-3, Jackson 0-3, Privett 2-2). Rebounds: Valparaiso 28 (Oelling 7); Chesterton 28 (Krol 9). Assists: Valparaiso 8 (Gerdt 3); Chesterton 6 (Dzierba 2). Steals: Valparaiso 13 (Gerdt 7); Chesterton 7 (Jackson 3).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 41, Valparaiso 33

The Chesterton junior varsity outscored Valparaiso 13-6 in the fourth quarter to pick up a 41-33 victory on Friday night.

Offensively, Ashley Craycraft led the Trojans with 13 points, while Evelynn Pabon added 11 points.

Rounding out the scoring were Marney Sisson (5 points), Molly Slatcoff (4 points), Haley Moore (4 points) and Annika Babcock (4 points).



Posted 12/19/2016




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