CROWN POINT — Coming into Friday night's game against Crown Point, Chesterton had lost six of its last seven contests against the Bulldogs, with the Trojans winning the last time they played in a regular-season tournament game on Dec. 28.
One player who was unsatisfied of his team losing to its Duneland Athletic Conference foe was Trojans senior forward Austin Peterson.
"I was tired of getting my butt kicked by them," Peterson said after Times No. 6 Chesterton's 56-39 win over the Bulldogs.
The biggest difference between this game and last month's was simple, Chesterton coach Marc Urban said: "Rebounding."
"I thought we rebounded much better and we have to continue to do that to win a sectional," Urban said.
The first quarter looked as if it was going to be a vastly different game thanks to Peterson, who hit his first four shots on his way to 10 points in the period.
"Austin is moving much better and has a good energy about him right now," said Urban. "He just looks like he's having fun out there."
With defenses prevailing in the second quarter, both teams combined for five baskets in the frame. Peterson was held scoreless in the second quarter, but he scored eight more in the third quarter.
Chesterton (13-2, 2-1 DAC) opened the third on a 12-2 run and outscored the Bulldogs 24-7 in the period.
"We've been getting blown out by Crown Point and it was good to be on the other end," said Peterson, who scored a game-high 18 and added six rebounds and three assists.