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Trojan Girls survive at Portage 39-36 in OT

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They didn’t make a lot of plays, but they made enough.

The Chesterton girls basketball team took overtime, but got a 39-36 Duneland Athletic Conference victory at Portage on Friday night.

“We knew it would be hard to play against them,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “If we make any kind of free throw percentage it would have been a much easier outcome.”

The Trojans hit just 12-of-29 free throws (41 percent) on the night and turned the ball over 23 times through the first three quarters as they trailed 30-23 with eight minutes to play.

“We took quick shots early against their zone,” Campbell said. “It was one and done and it took it awhile to get going. We really didn’t get decent shots until the fourth quarter.”

Neither team scored a basket through the first 6:33 of the fourth quarter, but the Trojans did manage to cut the lead to 30-27 before Hailey Vale scored inside to make it a one-point game.

Portage would make a free throw with 31.7 seconds left, their only point of the quarter, before Vale scored against with 16 seconds left to force overtime.

Vale finished with 10 points to go along with a career-high 20 rebounds and six blocked shots.

“We tried to get the ball to her early in the game, but we just didn’t have any way to do it,” Campbell said. “We didn’t make good passes, but Coach Mitchell and Coach Berry made some good suggestions that worked for us.”

In overtime, Vale scored to put the Trojans on top before Portage’s Hanna Piro hit a 3-pointer to put the Indians on top 34-33. Chesterton’s Sarah Dzierba answered on the next possession with her own triple.

“They play more of a match-up in their zone,” Campbell said. “Then they go to a regular one and you have to recognize what they are doing and we didn’t do a very good job of that. We tried to put them in a one-on-one situation and just did a poor job of that in the first three quarters.”

The Trojans did just enough at the foul line, going 3-for-6 in the final 31 seconds to secure the win.

Chesterton hit on just 12-of-43 shots (28 percent) from the field, while holding Portage to 14-of-59 (24 percent).

“We’re a better shooting team than that,” Campbell said. “But, not tonight.”

Courtney Krol led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Shannon McCoy, Dzierba and Jenna Wadding all added four points in the win.

The Trojans return to the court on Friday when they host arch-rival Valparaiso. The junior varsity game is set for a 5:30 p.m. start.

Chesterton 39, Portage 36 (OT)


Chesterton (8-7-8-8-8)

Jenna Tarnowski 0-2 2-5 2, Shannon McCoy 0-12 4-10 4, Courtney Krol 4-11 4-6 14, Hailey Vale 5-9 0-0 10, Sydney Sisson 0-3 0-2 0, Brittany Privett 0-0 1-2 1, Sarah Dzierba 1-2 1-2 4, Jenna Wadding 2-3 0-2 4, Marney Sisson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-43 12-29 39.

Portage (7-10-13-1-5)

Layla Melendez 1-5 0-3 2, Hanna Piro 1-6 1-2 4, Kaitlyn Shafer 6-17 2-2 17, Alexis Switzer 2-21 1-2 5, Emma Havrilla 1-3 0-0 2, Bonnie Clancy 1-3 0-0 2, Kristen Cravens 0-0 0-0 0, Serena Flanagan 2-5 0-0 4, Kaitlynn Clasen 0-0 0-0 0, Asia Chessor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-59 4-9 36.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 3-11 (Tarnowski 0-2, McCoy 0-2, Krol 2-4, Dzierba 1-2, S.Sisson 0-1); Portage 4-15 (Piro 1-3, Shafer 3-8, Switzer 0-2, Clancy 0-1, Flanagan 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 47 (Vale 20); Portage 43 (Switzer 17). Assists: Chesterton 9 (Krol 3); Portage 10 (Piro 5). Steals: Chesterton 13 (Krol 5); Portage 11 (Melendez 4).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 35, Portage 33

The Chesterton junior varsity picked up another Duneland Athletic Conference victory with a 35-33 win at Portage on Friday night.

Haley Moore led the Trojans with 12 points, while Evelynn Pabon added eight points.

Rounding out the scoring were Grace O’Dell (5 points), Molly Slatcoff (4 points), Ashley Craycraft (2 points), Nikki Arndt (2 points) and Marney Sisson (2 points).


Posted 12/12/2016




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