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Trojan Girls Hoops falls 46-41 in opener

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The Chesterton girls basketball team dropped its season-opener on Friday night 46-41 at Munster.

“We had plays we’d run for four years and tonight we couldn’t get into it,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “It’s just an excuse. That was kind of the story of the ballgame. Us just not doing what we are supposed to do to give ourselves a chance.

“Between that and silly fouls, our kids just have to know better than that.”

The Trojans jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one quarter of play thanks in part to a pair of 3-point field goals by Jocelyn Lipscomb.

The lead grew to as big as 24-11 before the halftime horn came with Chesterton on top 26-16. Caroline Puntillo scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the half.

“Early in the game we were just making one pass and taking shots,” Campbell said. “That caught up to us in the second half.”

The Trojans managed to hit on just 4-of-25 shots from the field, including 1-of-11 in the fourth quarter, in the second half.

“If the ball doesn’t go in the basket, it isn’t a very pretty game,” Campbell said. “We had seven offensive rebounds and hit 4-of-25 shots in the second half. I said before the year started, if we make baskets we’ll be pretty competitive.”

Munster point guard Jordan Cole took control of the game in the second half as the Mustangs pounded the ball inside to 6-foot sophomore Madelynn Moore.

“They’ve got a good point guard that took care of the ball and got it inside,” Campbell said. “We didn’t have an answer for them in the post. They had us one-on-one in the post.”

The Trojans led 36-34 with 3:57 to go after a pair of free throws by Kelsey Conway. The Mustangs went on an 11-2 run that included eight points from Moore.

“Some of it was first game jitters, especially with the bench,” Campbell said. “You get in the game and want to do something right away or score some points. But, we don’t move and attack the glass. There are no offensive rebounds with this group to get us easy points.”

Chesterton hit on just 13-of-46 shots from the field on the night, including just 4-of-20 from 3-point range. Conway and Lipscomb each scored eight points in the loss.

Munster 46, Chesterton 41


Chesterton (15-11-8-7)

Sarah Richards 1-3 0-0 3, Kelsey Conway 2-7 4-4 8, Kassidy Scott 1-4 0-0 2, Caroline Puntillo 5-10 4-4 15, Jocelyn Lipscomb 3-8 0-0 8, McKenzie Sullivan 1-1 0-0 2, Hailee Norton 0-5 2-2 2, Kayla Malackowski 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Wadding 0-5 0-0 0, Natalie Petro 0-1 1-2 1, Lauren Kusbel 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 13-46 11-12 41.

Munster (8-8-14-16)

Natalie Vellutini 0-4 2-6 2, Jordan Cole 3-6 4-7 10, Alex Abasi 0-1 0-2 0, Miranda Mihalic 3-4 2-3 8, Megan Zabrecky 4-6 0-0 10, Sammi Buvala 1-2 0-0 2, Melissa McCann 1-2 0-0 2, Madelynn Moore 5-12 2-3 12. Totals 17-37 10-21 46.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 4-20 (Richards 1-2, Scott 0-2, Puntillo 1-4, Lipscomb 2-5, Norton 0-2, Wadding 0-3, Kusbel 0-2); Munster 2-5 (Vellutini 0-2, Zabrecky 2-2, Buvala 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 25 (Puntillo 5); Munster 37 (Moore 10). Steals: Chesterton 8 (Richards 2, Puntillo 2); Munster 7 (Cole 3). Assists: Chesterton 11 (Richards 3); Munster 11 (Vellutini 5, Cole 5).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 37, Munster 15

The Chesterton junior varsity started its season with a 37-15 victory over Munster.

Taylor Eaton led the offense with 11 points, while Cammie Brown tallied seven. Megan Kerkes tallied five points.

Shannon McCoy (4), Tara Schnadenberg (4), Teresa Raffin (2), Morgan Skube (2) and Xaundra Rodriguez (2) rounded out the scoring.


Posted 11/18/2013