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Trojan Girls fall 57-52 in Sectional opener

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The Chesterton girls basketball team had a chance to pull off the huge upset, instead they saw their season come to an end.

The Trojan blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter with the help of 10 turnovers and fell 57-52 to Kankakee Valley in the IHSAA Sectional opener Tuesday night at Chesterton.

“It’s a hard one to lose,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We lost four conference games this year, one in overtime and the other three by a total of five points. Tonight, we take a team that had 21 straight wins and compete with them to the end.”

The Trojans trailed 27-21 at halftime, but established Hailey Vale in the post early in the third quarter as she scored seven consecutive points for a 28-27 lead. Vale scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

“Hailey struggled the last couple of games after coming back from the ankle injury,” Campbell said. “She was moving well and really had a nice game for us tonight.”

The Trojans outscored KV 16-4 to take a 37-31 lead after three quarters.

“We made some offensive adjustments at halftime and brought Chelsea (Jackson) out top with Shannon (McCoy),” Campbell said. “They can split the double team and make passes over the top. Against that defense, the backside is open if you can get it there.”

Vale scored four points in a 6-2 run to start the fourth quarter as the Trojan lead grew to 43-33 with 5:26 left to play.

“We were able to slow them down with the 1-3-1,” Campbell said. “Make them do other things to score baskets.”

A triple by KV’s Lindsey Stokes spearheaded a 16-4 run that put the Kougars up 52-48 with 1:00 to play.

“When they start trapping you have to move the ball,” Campbell said. “We tried to split them with the dribble, which you have to do at some point, and our cross-court passes were so slow. It caused us trouble.

“Give them credit. They got every loose ball tonight and made shots.”

The Trojans pulled within 52-50 after two Courtney Krol free throws, but turned the ball over twice as KV hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch. Chesterton turned the ball over 30 times on the night.

“We’ve been struggling with turnovers all year,” Campbell said. “We made bad choices and those became points. We were our own worst enemy.”

It was the final game in the career of Trojan seniors Jenna Tarnowski, McCoy, Jackson, Brittany Privett and Sydney Sisson.

“When you’ve had seniors that have gone all the way through your program, you think about all the summer stuff they’ve gone through,” Campbell said. “They’ve been committed to making themselves better and that’s as important as anything.”

IHSAA Sectional


Kankakee Valley 57, Chesterton 52

Kankakee Valley (15-12-4-26)

Catherine Cavinder 1-3 0-0 3, Lindsey Stokes 6-13 3-6 18, Sarah Martin 2-7 5-5 9, Raegan Walther 4-6 4-8 13, Hannah Cambe 0-0 0-0 0, Madeline Swart 2-4 4-6 8, Kaylee Barrett 1-2 3-6 6, Emma Fase 0-0 0-0 0. Aubrey Toppen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-35 19-31 57.

Chesterton (9-12-16-15)

Jenna Tarnowski 0-0 2-2 2, Shannon McCoy 4-12 3-3 12, Courtney Krol 1-2 4-4 7, Hailey Vale 7-11 2-4 16, Chelsea Jackson 4-6 2-2 10, Maddie Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Dzierba 2-4 0-0 5, Jenna Wadding 0-0 0-0 0, Brittany Privett 0-2 0-2 0, Sydney Sisson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-37 13-17 52.

3-point field goals: Kankakee Valley 6-15 (Cavinder 1-3, Stokes 3-6, Martin 0-1, Walther 1-2, Swart 0-1, Barrett 1-2); Chesterton 3-10 (McCoy 1-5, Krol 1-1, Jackson 0-1, Dzierba 1-2, Privett 0-1). Rebounds: Kankakee Valley 18 (Martin 5, Walther 5); Chesterton 27 (Vale 10). Assists: Kankakee Valley 5 (Walther 3); Chesterton 13 (Tarnowski 5). Steals: Kankakee Valley 14 (Stokes 5, Walther 5); Chesterton 9 (Vale 3).



Posted 2/1/2017




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