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Trojan Girls drop DAC decision to Merrillville

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Another DAC game went down to the final possession.

The Chesterton girls basketball team turned the ball over on their final five possessions and dropped a 49-47 Duneland Athletic Conference decision on Friday night.

We turned the ball over five straight times when the game was tied late,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “You can’t keep making unforced turnovers when the game is on the line. It’s a tough one to lose.”

The Trojans trailed 43-34 with 6:25 left to play before going on an 8-0 run that included four points from Courtney Krol to pull them within one.

Our kids did a nice job defensively,” Campbell said. “When we turn them over with our defense, that’s pretty good. We got some key steals, some big baskets and took care of the ball most of the night. Those things will give you a chance to win the ballgame.”

The Pirates converted a conventional three-point play and Chelsea Jackson responded with a basket for Chesterton cutting the lead to 46-44 with 3:01 to play.

Another free throw from Merrillville was answered with a game-tying 3-pointer from Brittany Privett with 2:16 to play.

We’re competitive and don’t quit,” Campbell said. “We just have to finish one of these against a good team.”

Kiarra Thompson scored for the Pirates to put them up 49-47. After a missed shot by the Trojans, Thompson missed a pair of free throws with 13.3 seconds to go giving Chesterton one last chance to tie the game.

On the inbounds pass, with contact, the ball was knocked away and the clock expired.

They certainly could have called a foul, but they aren’t going to,” Campbell said. “We had it set up for Shannon (McCoy) or someone cutting to the ball. We knew we needed to have composure because of their athleticism.

We were pretty good from that standpoint, but not when we had to be with the game on the line.”

The Trojans led 10-9 after one quarter with the help of triples from McCoy and Sarah Dzierba. The Pirates held a 22-19 lead at the half.

First half, we moved the ball pretty well,” Campbell said. “As long as we had it they didn’t.”

Merrillville outscored the Trojans 17-10 in the third quarter to build a 39-29 lead heading into the final stanza.

McCoy led the Trojans with 13 points, while Krol added 11 points. Jackson had nine points and Hailey Vale led the charge on the backboards with seven rebounds.

Chesterton returns to the court on Tuesday when they travel to Hobart for girls-boys doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.


Merrillville 49, Chesterton 47


Merrillville (9-13-17-10)

Alexus Shirrells 0-3 3-4 3, Jasmine Wright 6-14 1-3 15, Brittney Williams 2-7 2-4 6, Makayla Pearson 2-4 0-0 4, Kiarra Thompson 5-15 4-8 15, Shelby Harmon 1-1 0-0 2, Carissa Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Daniella Figueroa 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 17-47 12-21 49.

Chesterton (10-0-10-18)

Jenna Tarnowski 0-1 0-0 0, Shannon McCoy 5-11 2-2 13, Courtney Krol 4-12 3-3 11, Hailey Vale 1-5 3-6 5, Chelsea Jackson 3-6 3-3 9, Maddie Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Dzierba 2-4 1-2 6, Jenna Wadding 0-0 0-0 0, Brittany Privett 1-5 0-2 3, Sydney Sisson 0-0 0-0 0, Marney Sisson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 12-18 47.

3-point field goals: Merrillville 3-10 (Shirrells 0-1, Wright 2-5, Thompson 1-4); Chesterton 3-12 (Tarnowski 0-1, McCoy 1-3, Krol 0-1, Jackson 0-3, Dzierba 1-3, Privett 1-1). Rebounds: Merrillville 36 (Williams 9, Thompson 9); Chesterton 31 (Vale 7). Assists: Merrillville 7 (Shirrells 2, Wright 2); Chesterton 6 (Jackson 3). Steals: Merrillville 15 (Shirrells 4); Chesterton 11 (Jackson 3).


Posted 1/9/2017




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