MICHIGAN CITY | Every time Portage made a run at Michigan City on Tuesday night, Mike Megyese’s squad had an answer.
The Times No. 2 Wolves scored nine of the final 13 points after the No. 8 Indians tied the game with 2:31 left to earn a 57-52 Duneland Athletic Conference girls basketball win.
The Wolves (15-3, 10-2 DAC) led 55-52 after two Toni Murphy free throws with 15.8 seconds to go. Portage had two chances to tie the game, but Alyssa Tampier’s 3-pointer was blocked by Keshyana Cooper, and Kaitlin Doud’s attempt came up short.
"It’s a win," Michigan City coach Mike Megyese said. "We have two days of practice, and we need to play a lot better on Friday (against Merrillville)."
Cooper finished with 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Michal Miller added 11 points.
Nicki Monahan scored 13 points for the Indians (12-7, 7-5). Her efforts tied Stacy Sheriff’s career scoring record of 1,075 points.
Alexis Johnson and Doud each added 12 points for the Indians.
The Wolves used a 14-0 run to build a 21-9 lead early in the second quarter. Cooper, who had eight points and 11 rebounds in the first half, opened the spurt with a basket and later added a three-point play and a put back on an offensive rebound.
Portage outscored Michigan City 12-4 over the rest of the second quarter. Doud and Heather Zengler each had five points during the run. Zengler closed out the first half with a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left to cut Michigan City’s lead to 25-21 at the break.