Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2014-01-28T17:00:00Z 2014-02-06T04:17:04Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 28, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

Girls

Boone Grove (2-13): The Wolves dropped their opening game of the Porter County Conference tournament to Hebron last week, marking the first time since 2004 that they haven't advanced to the second round. It was also the first time in 15 years that both the Boone girls and boys were eliminated in the first round.

Chesterton (8-9): The Trojans lost to Crown Point 60-44 despite 14 points from senior Caroline Puntillo, who moved past 1981 graduate Sue Morris into fifth on the Chesterton scoring list.

Hebron (6-9): The Hawks topped Boone 55-39 before falling to Kouts 47-31. Senior Shelby Yankauskas scored a career-high 12 points against the Wolves. Senior Lauren Carlson scored 10 points against Kouts to move over the 400 mark to 407.

Kouts (10-7): The Fillies reached the PCC title game with a 35-21 win over LaCrosse and a 16-point victory over Hebron before losing to South Central 47-38. It was Kouts’ fifth trip to the title game in the last seven years. The Fillies have won just one championship during that span. Junior Jayla Crump totaled 34 points in the three games to move past 2008 grad Juliette Keller into 15th on the Kouts scoring list.

LaCrosse (5-9): In the Tigers’ loss to Kouts, junior Naomi Culver matched her career best with 11 points. Junior Alissa Tucker reached the 300-point mark.

Morgan Township (11-4): The Cherokees won their first-round PCC game 48-26 over Washington Township before falling to South Central 60-44 in the semifinals. Senior Trina Coleman totaled 26 points in the two games and moved past 2000 grad Kim McGinley into fourth on the Morgan scoring list. Coleman’s 18 points against the Senators was the top scoring effort of the tourney. Junior Hannah Murphy equaled her career high with 14 points against the Satellites.

South Central (10-6): The Satellites captured their first PCC tourney championship in their 11 years in the conference. It was their third trip to the title game. Senior Jill Rosenbaum totaled 41 points in the three games, leaving her 14 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for her career. Sophomore Riley Popplewell added 38 points to move over the 400 mark to 424. Junior Maddie Tomblin (220) and sophomore Morgan Wright (210) each went over the 200 mark. Freshman Olivia Tolmen netted a personal-best 10 points against Morgan, and junior Hannah Stolte had a career-high 10 points in an 81-30 opening-round win over Westville.

Valparaiso (8-9): Junior Grace Withrow became the 17th player in Valpo history to reach the 700-point mark when she scored 14 points in a 60-29 loss to Lake Central.

Washington Township (12-4): Junior Beth Kingery recorded a personal-best 10 points in the Senators’ opening-round loss to Morgan. Junior Heather Burton added five points and moved past 2003 grad Alisha Polite into fifth on the Washington scoring list.

Westville (0-14): Freshman Mary Parkman matched her career high with 11 points in the Blackhawks’ opening-round loss to South Central.

Wheeler (8-9): The Bearcats pounded Marquette 50-14 in the opening round of the Greater South Shore Conference tournament before losing to Bishop Noll 45-26. Junior Allie Stevenson totaled 17 points in the two games to move over the 400 mark to 414. Freshmen Illivia Horsfall (14) and Kadie Spoor (13) each turned in a personal best against the Blazers.

Boys

Chesterton (9-4): The Trojans ran their winning streak to five games with a 69-46 win over Andrean. The streak ended with a 72-58 loss to Crown Point. Senior Corey Rusboldt scored 13 points against the Bulldogs to move over the 400 mark to 404.

Hebron (9-3): The Hawks captured their 19th PCC tournament title by besting LaCrosse, 58-57, Morgan, 49-48 and Westville, 69-65. For coach John Steinhilber, it was his fourth crown in 10 years in the PCC. He won two titles at South Central before moving to Hebron. This year’s tourney was the most closely contested in the event's history with the average game being decided by 5.3 points. Hebron is the first team in history to win each of its three games by four points or less. Drew Wheeler had a career-high 26 against LaCrosse. Senior Tony Rose tallied 26 points in the three games to move over the 300 mark to 320. Sophomore Ryan Friel, making his first varsity start, responded with a career-best 14 points against Westville.

Kouts (9-2): Senior Cody Nelson poured in a personal-best 31 points in the Mustangs' opening-round 45-43 loss to Morgan Township. Nelson’s effort pushed him over the 400 mark to 424.

LaCrosse (2-10): Senior Bryce Guse scored a tournament-record 42 points in the Tigers’ one-point opening-round loss to Hebron. The old record was 39 by Greg Link of Jackson Township in 1969. The LaCrosse school record is 44 points by Ed Weiss back in 1923 in a 100-10 win over Kingsbury.

Morgan Township (7-5): The Cherokees opened the PCC with a two-point upset of Kouts before falling to Hebron by a point in the semifinals. Sophomore Jake Koselke totaled 40 points in the two games to move over the 400 mark to 402. Junior Chase Braden added 28 points to move past 1968 grad Don McGinley into 30th on the Morgan scoring list.

Portage (7-7): Senior Pete Psomadelis went over the 200 mark for his career to 203 in a 59-55 loss to Merrillville.

Valparaiso (7-6): The Vikings suffered a 48-47 overtime loss to Lake Central. Valpo holds a 22-9 advantage in the series.

Washington Township (8-5): The Senators’ opening-round 42-32 win over Boone marked the second time in the last three years that Washington has eliminated the Wolves in the first round. A 75-68 loss to Westville in the semifinals was the third meeting this year with the Blackhawks. Westville has won two of those. Sophomore Alex Perez tallied 11 points against the Blackhawks to move over the 200 mark to 203.

Westville (8-5): Westville made its fourth trip to the PCC title game. Senior Alex Henn equaled his personal best with 21 points in the Blackhawks’ opening-round 56-44 win over South Central. Senior Collin Walker totaled 21 points in the three games to move over the 400 mark to 415. Senior Shawn Gerron, the tourney’s top scorer with 52 points, matched his career best with 28 points against Hebron. Sophomore Josh Brownlee netted a personal-best 13 points against the Hawks.

Wheeler (4-6): The Bearcats dropped their GSSC tournament opening game to Marquette 63-41. They rebounded with a 54-52 overtime win over North Newton. Junior Austin Greiner tallied nine points against the Spartans to bring his career total to 300. Senior James Miller accounted for a career-high 21 points against the Spartans to move over the 200 mark to 217.

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