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Valpo knocks Chesterton Girls out of Sectional

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The Chesterton girls basketball team executed the game plan perfectly for a half, but they play two.

The Valparaiso Vikings outscored the Trojans 18-7 in the third quarter and 35-16 in the second half to pick up a 46-34 victory in the opening round of the IHSAA Valparaiso Sectional on Thursday night.

“You can’t discount our kids effort,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “They left it all out on the court. We just came up a little bit short.”

After Valpo’s Stefanie Lang scored the game’s opening basket the Trojans got a basket from Lindsay Gorman and a conventional 3-point play by Riley Taubert for a 5-2 lead.

When Claire Holba scored with 50 seconds left in the opening period, Chesterton had a 11-7 lead.

“We executed the game plan in the first half,” Campbell said. “We decided that if (Stefanie) Lang was going to play, she was going to guard us out on the floor. It worked for a while.”

In the second quarter, Alyssa White had a 3-point play to start the period and the Trojans held Valpo to just four points en route to an 18-11 halftime lead.

“We had some chances in the second quarter where, if we make some shots, we had a chance to really get a good lead,” Campbell said. “But, we didn’t.”

The teams traded baskets to start the third quarter before Valpo put together a 10-3 run. After a Holba basket, Ann Sarkisian and Kelsy Ostojic hit back-to-back 3’s for a 29-25 Viking lead.

“In the third quarter, Lang caught the ball two feet from the basket and tonight she made them,” Campbell said. “But, give Valpo credit, they did a nice job of getting her the ball. We tried to make them shoot off the dribble, but eventually they made them and we didn’t.”

Ostojic hit another 3 to start the fourth quarter and when Valpo added a 9-2 run midway through the fourth quarter the lead grew to 37-29 and the Trojans never made a run.

“I think in the second half we got tired,” Campbell said. “That’s happened to us and they got some open shots and made them. Our kids held together all year with the injuries that we had. No excuses, but I’ve never had that many things happen in one year.”

The good news for the Trojans is that their entire roster returns next year and hopefully a year of good health comes with them.

“I’m proud of all of them and the effort they gave,” Campbell said. “Everyone had a chance to step up and do something they wouldn’t have been asked to do normally. Everybody’s back next year and I’m looking forward to that.”

Valparaiso 46, Chesterton 34


Chesterton (11-7-7-9)

Riley Taubert 3-12 2-3 9, Ryan Bozak 1-1 0-0 3, Claire Holba 6-11 2-3 14, Lindsay Gorman 2-9 1-2 5, Alyssa White 1-3 1-1 3, Maddie Houpt 0-0 0-0 0, Ari Mahaffey 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah McCafferty 0-0 0-0 0, Reva Key 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-37 6-9 34.

Valparaiso (7-4-18-17)

Sarah Wallace 0-1 0-0 0, Stefanie Lang 8-15 6-6 22, Kelsy Ostojic 3-10 3-4 11, Ariana Paul 0-5 5-8 5, Ann Sarkisian 2-8 0-0 5, Ashleigh Clinkenbeard 1-4 0-0 3, Clarisse Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Katherine Berning 0-0 0-0 0, Laura Ferrari 0-0 0-0 0, Amber Klein 0-0 0-0 0, Michelle Rosenbaum 0-0 0-0 0, Despina Diveris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-44 14-18 46.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 2-6 (Taubert 1-2, Bozak 1-1, Gorman 0-2, Key 0-1); Valparaiso 4-16 (Lang 0-1, Ostojic 2-8, Sarkisian 1-5, Clinkenbeard 1-2). Rebounds: Chesterton 26 (Taubert 9); Valparaiso 31 (Paul 8). Assists: Chesterton 8 (Bozak 2, Gorman 2, Holba 2); Valparaiso 9 (Sarkisian 4). Steals: Chesterton 5 (Holba 2); Valparaiso 8 (Ostojic 3).

Posted 2/12/2010




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