Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2013-12-31T17:00:00Z 2014-01-07T15:32:27Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 31, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Girls

Chesterton (5-6): The Trojans suffered a pair of losses last week in the Duneland Athletic Conference East tournament, falling to Michigan City, 54-48, and host Valparaiso, 48-39. Chesterton had beaten the Wolves by seven points earlier in the season. Junior Haley Sekula notched a career-high 15 points against Valpo. Junior Jordan Wadding had a personal-best 10 points against Michigan City. Senior Kelsey Conway went over the 200 career mark against the Vikings.

LaCrosse (5-5): The Tigers opened the Mid-Winter Classic with a 44-25 win over Westville before losing to Washington Township 43-26 in the title game. The Tigers' last MWC title came in 1992. Junior Alissa Tucker matched her season high with 15 points against the Blackhawks.

Portage (6-7): The Indians finished last in the DAC West tournament, losing to Merrillville, 45-34, in the semifinals and falling to host Crown Point, 49-21, in the consolation game. Junior Kaitlyn Doud totaled 17 points in the two games and moved into the top 20 on the Portage scoring list.

South Central (4-6): The defending champion Satellites fell to Washington 35-34 in the opening round of the Mid-Winter before bouncing back with an 81-12 thrashing of Westville. South Central had won three of the last four tournaments. Senior Jill Rosenbaum totaled 24 points in the two games and moved past 2011 graduate Stephanie Balon into sixth on the Satellites scoring list. Senior Katelyn Tucker scored a season-high 15 points against the Blackhawks.

Valparaiso (5-7): The Vikings dropped their first round-game in the DAC East tournament to LaPorte, 61-36, before winning the consolation game over Chesterton. It was Valpo’s second loss to the Slicers this season, but it still leads the series 39-10. Junior Grace Withrow fired in 24 points against the Trojans and moved into the top 20 on the Valpo scoring list with 614 points, just behind 2000 grad Erin Sampsel.

Washington Township (8-2): The Senators captured their 12th Mid-Winter Classic title in their 27 years in the tournament. They have won eight of the last 13 events. They unseated defending champion South Central by one point in the first round before beating LaCrosse by 17 in the finals. Tournament MVP Heather Burton totaled 32 points in the two games and moved past 1985 grad Kellie Graham into ninth on the Washington scoring list. Senior Natalee Kwiatkowski scored 10 points in the two games to move over the 300 mark to 304.

Boys

Boone Grove (3-3): Senior Jon Hogg scored a career-high 29 points in a 52-43 win over Whiting. He moved over the 500 mark for his career to 501. He is the 57th player in Boone history to reach the 500 mark. It was the sixth meeting between the two schools and each has won three.

Chesterton (4-3): Playing without floor leader Cole Teal, the Trojans finished last in the DAC East tournament, falling to host Michigan City, 64-62, in the opener and Valpo, 54-45, in the consolation. Junior Chris Palombizio totaled 35 points in the two games and moved over the 500 mark for his career to 523. He is the 45th player to reach the 500-point plateau at Chesterton. Sophomore Niles Dilosa recorded a personal-best 14 points against Valpo.

LaCrosse (1-7): The Tigers suffered a pair of 14-point losses to Westville, 71-57, and South Central, 67-53, in finishing last in the Mid-Winter Classic. LaCrosse’s last Mid-Winter title came in 2005. Senior Bobby Claypool scored a career-high 17 points against the Satellites. Sophomore Zach Brown recorded a career-best 13 points against Westville.

Morgan Township (4-3): The Cherokees defeated Covenant Christian 48-43 and have won all three games played between the two schools.

Portage (4-3): The Indians dropped their opener in the DAC West tournament to Crown Point, 60-39. They came back to win the consolation game over host Merrillville, 54-45. Senior Pete Psomadelis scored a personal-best 20 points against Merrillville. Senior Mike Lattanzi tossed in eight points against the Pirates and moved over the 200 mark to 202.

South Central (2-5): South Central lost to Washington 62-48 in the first round of the Mid-Winter before coming back with a 14-point win over LaCrosse in the consolation. Junior Mark Richards tossed in a career-high 18 points against LaCrosse. Sophomore Jacob Clindaniel netted a career-high 13 points against LaCrosse.

Valparaiso (4-4): The Vikings lost to eventual champion LaPorte 44-41 in the opening round of the Michigan City tourney before topping Chesterton by nine in the consolation. Senior Justin Osburn totaled 44 points in the two games, including a personal-best 23 against Chesterton. Junior Drew Paul added a career-best 11 points against the Trojans. The Vikings have won 14 straight games over Chesterton. The loss to the Slicers stopped a 12-game winning streak in the series.

Washington Township (4-2): The defending champion Senators topped South Central by 14 points in the first round before dropping the championship game to Westville 86-81 in overtime. They had beaten the Blackhawks by eight points earlier in the season. Senior Brandon Adkins totaled 37 points in the two games, including a season-high 21 against Westville, to move over the 500 mark to 523. He is the 35th player in Senators history to reach the 500 mark and ranks 31st, just ahead of 1976 grad Bill Wisdom. Sophomore Nathan Line recorded a career-high 17 points against South Central. Sophomore Alex Perez (21) and senior Jake Goodan (16) each achieved a career high against Westville.

Westville (4-3): The Blackhawks, in winning the Mid-Winter, recorded their fourth title and their third in the last eight years. Tournament MVP and leading scorer Chris Wilkins totaled 41 points in the two games, including a career-high 25 against Washington. Senior Shawn Gerron scored a personal-best 28 points in the championship game.

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