Coming off a
20-point loss to Duneland Athletic Conference foe Merrillville over the
weekend, Chesterton and coach Marc Urban stressed coming out with the right
mindset in Tuesday's home game against Hobart.
Leading by 18-4
after one quarter, it was clear early on that the Trojans came ready to play
as the Brickies would get no closer than eight in a 62-34 win for
"We went back to an
underdog role and knew we had to get gritty and do it together," Chesterton
coach Marc Urban said. "We had a really good film session and (assistant
girls basketball coach) Fred Mitchell came and talked to our guys and did a
really good job. We just gotta continue to get better day-by-day and string
some wins together being good at what we do."
Coming off the
bench in the first quarter, Kolton Cardenas knocked down a pair of triples
as a part of his own 8-1 run that gave Chesterton its big lead after one.
"We really have a
tandem point guard spot with him and Tyler Nelson," Urban said. "They're
both still young guards but they're both competitive and hungry to learn and
as a coach I love that about them. They're better tonight than they were
from day one and that's all you can ask of those kids."
Cardenas added his
third 3-pointer of the first half in the waning seconds to give the Trojans
a 29-20 lead and also putting a stop to a 7-0 run that had brought the
Brickies within six. Cardenas had 11 first-half points and 13 for the night.
“Hobart hit some
shots there in the second, but we had to make sure we didn't lose our focus
because to win big games, we have to be able to do that,” Urban said.
Jake Wadding led
the way for the Trojans (10-2) as he seemingly got to the basket whenever he
wanted on his way to a game-high 18 points.
"A lot of our
offense was us being detailed and taking what they were giving us," Urban
said. "(Hobart) was riding Ky (Palombizio) out early and that gave Jake
opportunities early down low and we got it to him. When he's one-on-one down
there, he's a really good player. I was pleased with how we took what they
were giving us early."
sophomore Wadding did more than score as he stuffed the stat sheet adding
eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
"I like to
contribute in any way I can to get guys open," he said. "(Hobart) didn't
really help off (defensively) so that allowed us to get to the basket and
I'm real comfortable driving like that so it was just about driving to the
hoop (Tuesday). We were all [ticked] about losing to Merrillville so we
really needed to bounce back and do well in this game."
Palombizio contributed in all-around fashion as well with 16 points, five
rebounds, three assists and three steals.
“We felt like with
our size advantage that we could feed the post and then with that, our
inside-out game could explode and it really did going into the second half,"
he said. "We started getting more open looks at 3s and that allowed our bigs
to take over the game. It was huge coming back, especially in front of our
home crowd, and getting a big win to get some momentum back going into the
LaPorte game on Friday."
Hobart got as close
as eight in the third but Chesterton responded with a 13-2 run, capped by a
Palombizio 3-pointer. The Trojans then opened the fourth on a 7-0 run with
Wadding later adding a point of emphasis on a one-handed slam dunk.
"I think our
mindset was really good (Tuesday)," Urban said. "The mindset was that we had
to put everything together for 32 minutes, and I thought we did for about 26
minutes. I was proud of our mindset going into this game coming off a tough
to DAC action on Friday against LaPorte.
Tyler Schultz 0 0-0
0, Sidney Ford 3 2-4 8, Julian Harvey 3 4-5 10, Ryan Ashlock 2 0-0 6, Connor
Manjarrez 2 0-0 6, Caleb Banjoff 0 0-0 0, Riley Johnston 0 1-2 1, Sean
Underdahl1 0-0 3, Kendall McCarthy 0 0-0 0, Cameron Stojancevich 0 0-0 0.
Totals -- 11 7-11 34.
Tyler Nelson 2 0-0
4, Ky Palombizio 7 1-1 15, Josh Matthews 2 1-2 5, Noah Mahoney 2 0-0 4, Jake
Wadding 8 1-2 18, Jack Eaton 0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 4 2-2 13, Nick Mullen
0 0-0 0, Harley Lohmeyer 0 0-0 0, Drew VanderWoude 0 0-0 0, Jake Warren 0
0-0 0, Alex Schmidt 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 26 5-7 62.
goals: Hobart (Ashlock 2, Manjarrez 2, Underdahl); Chesterton (Cardenas 3,
Wadding, Palombizio). Leaders -- Rebounds: Majarrez 5 (H); Wadding 8 (C).
Assists: Wadding 4 (C). Steals: Ford 5 (H); Palombizio 3, Wadding 3 (C).
Total fouls: Hobart 13, Chesterton 12. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls:
none. Records: Chesterton 10-2, Hobart 7-5.