CHESTERTON | How deep is LaPorte's girls basketball team?
When sure-shot Nicole Konieczny was lost in the third quarter of Friday's game to what was initially diagnosed as a deep bruise, the Slicers barely flinched.
Konieczny left with six points as other players quickly slid into the role as outside shooters in LaPorte's 61-26 win over Chesterton.
"Obviously the key is to have a lot of players and have someone else step up," said senior guard Jaclyn Heath, who led her team with 16 points and nine rebounds.
"We've all had games this year when we've played really well, and we've all had games when someone is not playing well, someone else will step up and help contribute."
Heath hit two of her four 3s as LaPorte scored 22 points in the fourth quarter. Delanie Alcorn, added a 3 and Taylor Thompson had two of her three to reach 10 points.
Heath had a deep bruise two years ago and said the pain can be tremendous. Konieczny was helped off the court with 5:15 left in the third and had ice on her thigh by the start of the fourth quarter.
"It's definitely very painful, that's for sure, and can be scary," Heath said. "Ice and rest, that's how you take care of those. Knowing her and her family and her parents, they'll get her back to normal."
The Trojans (8-8, 2-4 DAC) didn't have the same depth.
Senior Caroline Puntillo hit the first 16 of her team's points, with no other player scoring until the 2:42 mark of the third quarter.
Puntillo finished with a game-best 18 points and added a team-high six rebounds.
"We missed shots at the basket and in front of the basket, we have such a small margin of error, we can't afford to miss those," Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. "They were just a better team."
Campbell also credited LaPorte's defense with forcing 10 first-half Trojans turnovers and keeping the remainder of the team from scoring.
"I thought they were better defensively than they were offensively," Campbell said. "Don't get me wrong, they scored 108 points one time this year, but at one point it was hard to make a pass and hard to do anything offensively."
"Our defense was pretty good, offensively we weren't very good tonight," said coach Skeeter Heath. "That kept us in a pretty good position."
After Chesterton took a 9-4 lead in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were held scoreless for 9 minutes, 16 seconds while the Slicers (15-0, 7-0) went on a 15-0 run.