CEDAR LAKE | There have been a lot of rumors about Hanover Central guard Blayr Poston this winter. I wish I had a dime for every question or email I've gotten about her injury and missed games.
I could probably buy a comb with the dough.
On Friday night at the Class 3A Hanover Central Sectional semifinal, Poston let everyone in the gym know she is fine. One-hundred percent. Good to go.
Here are the facts. She broke a bone in her hand in December. She ultimately missed five games because of the fracture.
She is still one of the best players in Northwest Indiana.
“No comment,” Hanover coach Doug Nelson said when asked about the particulars of her injury and time off.
I agree with the Wildcats' coach. It isn't anyone's business. Not mine, yours, or the raccoon walking across U.S. 41.
Against defending sectional champion Knox, the 5-foot-8 guard showed how important she is to this team. Poston didn't play n a 51-42 loss to the Redskins on Dec. 28.
Before Friday's game, Poston had a conversation with her coach.
“Have we ever beaten Knox?” she asked.
“No,” Nelson replied.
“OK,” is all she said.
After Hanover's 48-40 win, Nelson joked, “I don't know what her OK meant.”
I did. She hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored 11 in the frame. She finished with a game-high 25 points, which took her school-record number in points to 1,326.
The kid can't be stopped.
At the first-quarter break, Knox coach Dan Huizenga implored to his team, “You have to know where she's at — at all times!”
Poston plays with a chip on her shoulder. Mixed with her unbelievably soft touch, and ability to attack the rim and hit the mid-range jumpers, I'm sure it's not the first time an opposing coach has yelled at his kids to know where she's at.
“We haven't beaten Knox; I don't like them,” Poston said. “They're like Andrean. I don't like them.”
In Poston's freshman season the Wildcats won a Class 2A sectional championship. Now in 3A, her game will need to be top-shelf tonight when they play Rensselaer with a ladder and a pair of scissors on the line.
“This means a lot,” Poston said. “I want to leave my senior year winning the sectional. The girls I have on my team, I wouldn't want to win it with anyone else. They're awesome.
“This puts a lot more into your heart.”
Thankfully, the break wasn't on her shooting hand. She said she felt fine within a week after the injury. She admitted that her right hand got even stronger during this time.
“It's never bothered me again,” she said.
These Wildcats are not a one-horse team. Sophomore Frankie Turturillo played very well. Kristen Roper, a junior forward, made a lot of plays in the paint. Senior Tiphani Ward is a great back-court mate with Poston.
And freshman Lisa Gac may have won this game. Knox could not get a good look inside in the second half. This young lady has every opportunity to be very good.
There are no rumors with this team. Hanover Central can cut down the nets tonight. And if they do, Poston will lead the way.
“I think Blayr is pretty good,” Nelson said. “She might lose her composure here and there. She might shoot a layup when she's not supposed to, like she did (Friday night), but I think she's one of the best players in the area.”
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