HOBART | By the time a fight broke out on the floor during Lake Central's 63-41 girls basketball win over Hobart, more than 30 fouls had been called on both teams.
A steal and scrum for the ball turned into a physical confrontation on both sides. Lake Central lost guard Tara Zlotkowski and Hobart lost guard Cailin Trezak with flagrant fouls and the pair will miss their teams' next games.
Times No. 3 Lake Central (7-1) plays Michigan City and No. 5 Hobart (5-1) plays Kankakee Valley.
"I don't think there's animosity between the two teams," Hobart coach Mike Hamacher said. "Both of these are kids that care, and I challenged my players to play harder. They're all competitors that were playing hard."
To that point, both starters had contributed as Zlotkowski finished with 14 points and three assists and Trezak had two points and had forced Lake Central into rushed shots. When the scrum occurred, Lake Central was passing the ball around the perimeter trying to let the clock run out.
In all, the two teams combined for 42 fouls, with Lake Central's Rolanda Curington fouling out and five other players finishing with four fouls each.
"The girls played hard and both let emotions get the best of them," Lake Central coach Marc Urban said. "I think both are physical teams, and the way both teams play, they played hard."
Hamacher said that as the game ended, both ejected players had apologized to him.
"These are both good kids," Hamacher said. "As soon as they could, they both apologized to me already."
While Hobart opened with a lead, turnovers and missed free throws helped the Indians take the momentum swing and a six-point advantage early in the second quarter. By halftime, Lake Central's lead was into double digits.
Gina Rubino led the Indians with 16 points, including four 3s. Lindsay Kusbel added eight rebounds for L.C.
Grayce Roach led all players with 18 points for the Brickies and Morgan Flaharty chipped in 10 rebounds.
"This was a big game for us," Urban said. "We were coming off of a big win last week and we were on the road. I was happy with the way the girls came out early and played hard."