CEDAR LAKE | It's clear that as Blayr Poston goes, so goes Hanover Central.
The Wildcats' main scoring threat was held to just six points in the first half on just 2-of-9 shooting.
Those were the only two baskets she would make in Times No. 10 Kankakee Valley's 49-41 win.
K.V. (6-2) used its size to its advantage by scoring its initial nine field goals in the paint. Three from Ashley Norberg, part of her eight halftime points.
"Ashley is very athletic and a great kid," K.V. coach Ryan Myers said. "We like her in the paint, but sometimes we us.e her out on the perimeter."
Hanover Central (4-3) got it going in the third quarter -- from the line in particular -- as Poston hit five foul shots en route to a 12-point quarter.
Poston, who ended up with a team-high 14, got into some foul trouble and was on the bench for a majority of the fourth. When she was in the game, the Kougars would double her immediately, especially on the weak side.
"It was our No. 1 goal to keep her down," Myers said. "We had to make sure the help side defense was there and tonight it was."
Breanna Toppen and Lauren Stokes each scored a team-high 11 points for the Kougars, who have now won six of their last seven games.