Girls basketball

LaPorte, Merrillville to meet in Hobart girls sectional final

2014-02-14T21:30:00Z 2014-02-15T22:36:08Z LaPorte, Merrillville to meet in Hobart girls sectional finalMatt Douthett Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 14, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

HOBART | LaPorte proved early and often how potent its outside shooting range is on Friday. Blink, and you may miss a 3-pointer.

The Slicers connected on 14 3-pointers, 10 in the first half, in a 72-41 win over Crown Point in a semifinal game of the Hobart Sectional.

“We got a lot of good looks and shot the lights out,” LaPorte coach Skeeter Heath said of his team’s 14-for-26 shooting effort from beyond the arc. “It’s kind of pick your poison. We’re so unselfish that no one cares who gets credit for the shot.”

At the forefront of that shooting barrage was Kyleigh Kubik, who drained five treys and finished with a game-high 21 points. The Bulldogs (13-8) couldn’t do much to defend LaPorte’s outside shooting prowess.

“We’re really good at driving to the rim, getting them to guard us and then pitching out and finding the right person who is on for the night,” Kubik said. “It’s different people every night. Our guards did a really good job finding our shooters.”

Nicole Konieczny made four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, while Jaclyn Heath connected on three treys, ended with 14 points and surpassed 1,000 points in her career at LaPorte.

“We got that out of the way, so we don’t have to worry about that,” Skeeter Heath said. “That’s a nice accomplishment for her.”

Katija Tarailo led Crown Point with 14 points in her final game. Crown Point will also lose Abby Kvachkoff to graduation.

The Slicers (20-2) advance to play Merrillville in today’s championship. The Pirates, who lost 48-45 to LaPorte on Dec. 13, survived a slow start with an explosive third quarter in a 64-47 win over Chesterton in the nightcap.

The Pirates (15-6) led 26-17 at halftime. They outscored Chesterton (11-11) 27-11 in the third quarter to go up 53-28 and put the game away.

“We didn’t decide to play until the third quarter, and we can’t do that tomorrow night,” Merrillville coach Amy Govert said. “We were lucky to still have a little bit of a lead at the half and turn it up. There’s no tomorrow in the postseason, so you have to be ready to play.”

Victoria Gaines led the Pirates with 13 points, while Chesterton’s Caroline Puntillo paced the Trojans with 23 points.

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