Caroline Puntillo’s basket with no time on the clock Wednesday gave the
Chesterton girls basketball team its first Duneland Athletic Conference
victory of the year 52-50 at Crown Point.
Puntillo got the ball at the top of the key with 3.7 seconds left and drove
along the right side of the lane before going airborne over the top of CP’s
Taylor Equihua and banking in the game-winner.
The junior forward led the Trojans with 16 points. Jocelyn Lipscomb added 14
for CHS in the win.
“We run a play similar to that sometimes,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell
said. “We wanted to get the ball in Caroline’s hands up top and clear out a
side. She made a good move and hit a tough shot.”
Crown Point’s Katija Tarailo tied the game with 50 seconds left on a rebound
basket that gave the ball to the Trojans with a chance to win.
After a timeout, Chesterton held the ball looking for the game’s final shot,
but turned the ball over with 12.6 seconds left.
“We were going to run it down to 15 (seconds) and run a play and Jocelyn
(Lipscomb) broke open on the baseline,” Campbell said. “If we throw the pass
a second earlier, it’s a layup.”
The Bulldogs returned the favor as Chesterton’s Kassidy Scott stole the ball
with 3.7 seconds left setting up Puntillo’s heroics.
“Our kids will compete,” Campbell said. “They may not always play well and
they may be smaller, but they’ll always give you everything they have.”
Crown Point scored the game’s first six point in building a 10-5 lead before
Scott hit a 3-pointer and Lipscomb hit back-to-back triples for a 14-10 lead
after one period.
CHS hit 8-of-18 (44 percent) from 3-point range for the night.
Sarah Richards scored six of her nine points to finish the second quarter
and the Trojans had a 26-23 lead at the halftime break.
Chesterton had a chance to blow the game open late in the third quarter with
a 37-35 lead, but went 0-for-6 from the foul line in the final 1:03.
Another 0-for-6 run from the foul line early in the fourth quarter erased a
40-37 lead and turned it into a 46-40 deficit and set up the wild finale.
“In practice, everybody tells me they make 70 percent,” Campbell said.
“We’ll just have to keep shooting them and hope they eventually go in during
the game. It’s hard to win when you are giving away so many points at the
The Trojans return to the court next Friday when they play host to
Merrillville. The junior varsity game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.
Crown Point 50
AT CROWN POINT
Sarah Richards 3-4 2-3 9, Kelsey Conway 1-4 0-0 2, Hannah McCafferty 2-4 0-0
5, Caroline Puntillo 6-15 3-7 16, Jocelyn Lipscomb 5-9 0-3 14, Kassidy Scott
2-3 0-3 5, Haley Sekula 0-3 1-2 1, Kelly Braun 0-3 0-0 0, Mary Mochen 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 19-46 6-18 52.
Crown Point (10-13-12-15)
Hannah Albrecht 1-4 0-0 2, Sarah Rivich 1-6 0-0 2, Katija Tarailo 10-14 1-3
21, Abby Kvachkoff 3-10 0-0 6, Taylor Equihua 4-7 2-2 10, Rachel Honaker 0-1
2-3 3, Ashley Cunningham 1-4 0-0 2, Katie Howarth 1-2 3-4 5, Miranda Elish
0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 8-12 50.
3-point field goals: Chesterton 8-18 (Richards 1-1, Conway 0-3, McCafferty
1-1, Puntillo 1-2, Lipscomb 4-8, Scott 1-2, Braun 0-1); Crown Point 0-3 (Kvachkoff
0-2, Elish 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 25 (Puntillo 7); Crown Point 42 (Equihua
10). Steals: Chesterton 7 (Sekula 2); Crown Point 3 (Equihua 2). Assists:
Chesterton 7 (Richards 3); Crown Point 7 (Equihua 3).
Crown Point 31
The Chesterton junior varsity built a 30-19 lead heading into the fourth
quarter and survived for a 36-31 victory at Crown Point on Wednesday.
Hailee Norton led the Trojans with 12 points, while Kayla Malackowski added
eight points. Jordan Wadding tallied seven points in the victory.
McKenzie Sullivan scored five points with Lauren Kusbel and Tara
Schnadenberg rounding out the scoring with two points each.