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Chesterton Girls Hoops wins Sectional opener

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By TR HARLAN

Caroline Puntillo made her first two free throws before any time came off the clock.

The Chesterton senior would do it 19 times in total as the Trojans won their IHSAA Sectional opener 55-41 over Michigan City on Wednesday night at Hobart.

“With all the things that have gone on with this team this year, they hung together and got a win,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said.

Puntillo’s first two free throws came as a result of an administrative technical foul against the Wolves. The rest came from driving relentlessly to the basket.

“Their zone is so wide and they were calling every little bit of contact at the basket,” Campbell said. “We wanted to be aggressive and it paid off.”

On the night, Puntillo was 19-of-24 from the charity stripe as the Trojans hit on 32-of-41 from the free throw line as a team.

“We spent some time working on (free throw shooting) the last week,” Campbell said. “Sometimes you work so much on 5-on-5 stuff, that you forget about the little things.”

The Trojans never trailed in the game, but did see Michigan City cut the lead to 32-30 with 6:37 to play in the game.

Puntillo’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 35-30 and started a 13-3 run that gave the Trojans a 45-33 lead with 3:51 to play.

“Caroline’s made a lot of big shots for us all year when we’ve needed it,” Campbell said of his senior’s 26-point performance. “That was just another one. She didn’t shoot the ball well, but she found a way to put points on the board.”

The Trojans would go 8-for-8 from the foul line, including four from Jordan Wadding, in the final 2:13 to set the final score.

Chesterton held Michigan City to just 13-of-45 (29 percent) shooting from the floor.

“We did some special defenses to control their two scorers and wanted to make their other kids beat you,” Campbell said. “If they make those shots, you lose.”

The Trojans also struggled from the field as they hit just 10-of-39 (26 percent).

“We didn’t shoot the ball in rhythm,” Campbell said. “We need to do a better job of that on Friday night.”

Chesterton will face off against Merrillville in the second semifinal on Friday night. The opening semifinal will pit LaPorte against Crown Point beginning at 6 p.m.

Chesterton 55, Michigan City 41

AT HOBART

Michigan City (11-5-9-16)

Diamond Thompkins 0-1 0-0 0, Rian Coleman 1-7 2-4 4, Michal Miller 8-19 5-7 22, Raven Wood 2-8 5-9 10, Jamarri Keyes 1-1 0-0 2, Destinee Fields 0-5 1-2 1, Lauren Slisher 0-0 0-0 0, De’Ominique Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Robin Allmon 0-0 0-0 0, Brittani Boyd 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 13-45 13-22 41.

Chesterton (11-9-11-24)

Kelsey Conway 3-4 0-0 7, Kassidy Scott 0-5 2-2 2, Caroline Puntillo 3-16 19-24 26, Jordan Wadding 2-5 6-6 10, Natalie Petro 0-1 3-4 3, Hailee Norton 1-4 0-0 3, Kayla Malackowski 1-2 1-2 3, Lauren Kusbel 0-3 1-3 1, Tara Schnadenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Teresa Raffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-39 32-41 55.

3-point field goals: Michigan City 2-10 (Coleman 0-4, M. Miller 1-4, Wood 1-2); Chesterton 3-19 (Conway 1-1, Scott 0-1, Puntillo 1-7, Wadding 0-3, Norton 1-4, Malackowski 0-1, Kusbel 0-2). Rebounds: Michigan City 31 (Wood 8); Chesterton 35 (Puntillo 8). Assists: Michigan City 2 (Coleman 1, Wood 1); Chesterton 5 (Conway 2, Puntillo 2). Steals: Michigan City 3 (Wood 2); Chesterton 2 (Puntillo 1, Kusbel 1).

 

 

Posted 2/13/2104