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CHS Girls Hoops beats Merrillville 42-39

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With 25 seconds left and Chesterton tied at 39 with Merrillville, an inbound pass went from senior guard Ashley Craycraft to junior forward Emma Schmidt.

Schmidt had one thing on her mind.

“Get to the basket and score,” she said. “That’s always my first thought: see how I can beat my defender and get to the basket.”

Schmidt did just that and was fouled in the process, hitting a layup and free throw for a conventional three-point play. Those points provided the winning margin for the Trojans in their 42-39 Duneland Athletic Conference win over the Pirates.

Schmidt finished with 12 points, tying with Craycraft for the team lead, and included Schmidt’s number one method of scoring - driving to the rim. Just as she did for the game-winner.

Coach Jack Campbell said he has a hard time figuring out how Schmidt always manages to find her way into the paint.

“I don’t know how she does it,” Campbell said. “She has a knack for it. She’s been doing it all year.”

Over the summer, Schmidt said that was a major focus of her game, especially during a summer tournament in Wisconsin Dells when she played point guard. Schmidt scored in double digits in every game of that tournament, providing the confidence that she could find the rim in key moments like she did on Friday night.

“It made me the player I am today,” Schmidt said.

That confidence was vital against Merrillville, as Campbell designed a different play to score the go-ahead basket, but Schmidt had to improvise after the Pirates reacted.

“It was supposed to be a dump pass to (Craycraft),” Schmidt said. “But that didn’t work out, so my thought was to go right to the basket.”

Chesterton struggled in the first quarter, trailing 11-4 after one.

“Playing against that speed and quickness (of Merrillville), I was starting to get worried about what the score was going to be,” Campbell said. “But we got a couple steals and hit a couple of big shots to get it within two at halftime.”

Junior guard Nalani Malackowski helped the Trojans keep pace with nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Her second one put Chesterton ahead 23-21 in the middle of the third and her final points made it a 37-33 Trojans lead in the fourth.

Merrillville tied the game with 40 seconds remaining before Schmidt’s basket put Chesterton ahead for good.

Chesterton 42, Merrillville 39


Chesterton (4-11-15-12)

Ashley Craycraft 6-17 0-1 12, Nalani Malackowski 3-9 0-0 9, Geneva Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Carley Balas 3-3 0-1 6, Emma Pape 1-3 0-2 2, Emma Schmidt 5-12 1-1 12, Kaitlyn Carr 0-4 0-0 0, Lauren Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 1-5 42.

Merrillville (11-6-14-8)

Cailynn Dilosa 7-13 0-0 16, Aaniejah Crim 2-4 0-0 6, Tori Miller 5-14 3-4 13, Amani Alvarez 1-4 1-4 3, Amani Cole 0-3 0-0 0, Sheki’nah Thomas 0-6 1-2 1. Totals 15-45 5-10 39.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 5-14 (Craycraft 0-3, Malackowski 3-7, Pape 1-1, Schmidt 1-2, Carr 0-1), Merrillville 4-12 (Dilosa 2-4, Crim 2-4, Miller 0-1, Thomas 0-3). Rebounds: Chesterton 20 (Schmidt 5), Merrillville 35 (Smith 10). Steals: Chesterton 18 (Malackowski 10), Merrillville 11 (Miller 6). Assists: Chesterton 5 (Malackowski 2), Merrillville 1 (Miller 1).

Junior Varsity

Merrillville 30, Chesterton 25

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 30-25 decision at Merrillville on Friday night.

Liz Pokorney led the Trojans with 11 points, while Mannat Singh (5 points), Madison Davis (4 points), Emily Richardson (3 points) and Abi Drew (2 points) rounded out the scoring.



Posted 1/13/2020




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