Girls basketball

Valparaiso girls down Chesterton for first DAC win of season

2013-02-01T22:30:00Z 2013-02-02T02:51:04Z Valparaiso girls down Chesterton for first DAC win of seasonJim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com
February 01, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Given the reaction, you may have thought Valparaiso had just won the sectional Friday.

For a team that had yet to win a Duneland Athletic Conference game this season, it may have felt like it.

The Vikings (3-17, 1-13) led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, then saw all but the last two of it disappear in the final stanza before pulling away for a 51-46 victory over Chesterton.

"We put together four quarters," Valpo coach Jeanette Gray said. "We had a little adversity, but we just said, 'OK, slow down; take a deep breath; we'll score the next time,' and we did. Stop, score, stop, score. It was real simple. It was a good lesson for our sophomores to experience that type of situation."

Grace Withrow scored 19 points, including clutch back-to-back baskets, a jumper in the lane and a 3 from the right wing, after the Trojans drew within 42-40 inside the three-minute mark.

"It's a great shot when it goes in," Gray said. "She's a confident kid."

Andi Sarkisian added eight points and 10 rebounds.

"Our seniors (Andi and Alyssa Gates) played really well," Gray said.

Caroline Puntillo carried the Trojans (5-15, 2-14), who beat Valpo 58-30 on Dec. 21, with 22 points. Kelsey Conway added 11.

"You've got to show up to play," Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said.

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