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CHS Girls fall to Michigan City 44 33

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By CJ Peters

Sometimes it’s just not your night and Chesterton’s game against Michigan City on Friday was just that.

Regardless of what set or play was run, it seemed the ball did not want to go in the basket for the Trojans as they took their first loss of the season, falling 44-33 to the Wolves in Duneland Athletic Conference play.

“We couldn’t shoot it any worse than we shot it, then that just magnifies everything else,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said.

Chesterton (4-1, 1-1) hit only one 3-pointer on the night and scored less than 10 in each quarter, scoring its lowest point total through five games.

“You can control blocking out, hustle, attitude, all those things, but you also can control shooting the shots you practiced and shooting them in rhythm, and if you’re not in rhythm, then make the extra pass,” Campbell said. “I thought we tried to put people in positions to be successful, but there’s not a lot you can do when the ball isn’t going in. We have to play better as a team, simple as that.”

Carley Balas had nine points and 12 rebounds for Chesterton, including eight boards in the first quarter.

Emma Schmidt added seven points, while Emma Pape and Nalani Malackowski each scored six. Malackowski also had five steals for the Trojans, who led 15-14 at half.

“We were very impatient offensively in the first half and I thought that was a little better in the second, but the ball just didn’t go in the basket,” Campbell said. “You have to control the things you can control and you can’t always control whether it goes in the basket. We were 12-of-22 on the foul-line too, yeah, not good.”

Trinity Thompson paced Michigan City (7-0, 2-0) with 17 points and 15 rebounds and recorded her seventh double-double in as many games. She was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line.

“She’s the best player on the floor and I’m not telling you guys anything you don’t already know,” Campbell said. “We tried a couple different things with her. When she starts dribbling the ball, you gotta double her and try to stop that, but then she ends up getting fouled and she makes her foul shots.

“A lot of the defensive rebounds were because we just didn’t make an easy basket.”

Chesterton plays host to Plymouth on Wednesday and returns to DAC play Friday at Portage.

Michigan City 44, Chesterton 33


Michigan City (8-6-13-17)

Katelyn Halfacre 3 3-4 10, Mary Pat Kelley 2 1-2 6, Jaden Smallwood 2 1-2 5, Ariana Lemons 3 0-0 6, Trinity Thompson 4 8-12 17, Ashanti Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 13-20 44.

Chesterton (8-7-9-9)

Nalani Malackowski 1 4-6 6, Carley Balas 4 1-4 9, Emma Pape 1 4-8 6, Emma Schmidt 3 0-0 7, Katelyn Carr 0 0-0 0, Sophia Raffin 1 1-2 3, Lauren Davis 0 2-2 2, Liz Pokorney 0 0-0 0, Emily Richardson 0 0-0 0, Madison Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 10 12-22 33.

3-point field goals: Michigan City 3 (Halfacre, Kelley, Thompson); Chesterton 1 (Schmidt). Leaders -- Rebounds: Thompson 15 (MC); Balas 12 (C). Assists: Halfacre 3, Thompson 3 (MC); Pape 2, Carr 2 (C). Steals: Halfacre 3 (MC); Malackowski 5.

Records: Michigan City 7-0 (2-0 Duneland Athletic Conference); Chesterton 4-1 (1-1).




Posted 12/7/2020




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