Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2014-01-07T17:00:00Z 2014-01-14T01:24:05Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 07, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

Girls

Boone Grove (2-9): The Wolves dropped a 51-44 decision to Whiting last week. It ran the losing streak to eight games for the young squad.

Chesterton (6-6): The Trojans set a school record with a 92-23 rout of Roosevelt. The old scoring record came in an 89-33 win over Calumet in 1995. It was Chesterton’s first meeting with Roosevelt since 1997. The Trojans lead the series 9-5. Senior Caroline Puntillo scored 23 points and went past 2001 grad Christy Poparad into seventh on the Chesterton scoring list. Junior McKenzie Sullivan scored a career-best 13 points. Juniors Hailee Norton and Natalie Petro also notched career highs with 11 points each.

Kouts (7-3): The Fillies ran their winning streak to four games by edging Rensselaer 38-37 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Junior Jayla Crump scored 11 points and moved past 2012 grad Jenna Jessen into 21st on the Kouts scoring list. She needs four points to move into the top 20.

Valparaiso (6-7): Junior Grace Withrow led the way with 21 points in a 51-49 win over Lowell in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Washington Township (9-2): The Senators recorded their fifth straight win with a 65-5 thrashing of South Bend Career Academy. Junior Heather Burton scored 15 points and moved past Jennifer Smith into eighth on the Washington scoring list with 705 career points.

Westville (0-12): The Blackhawks fell to Knox 76-31 for their 12th consecutive loss. This is Westville’s worst start since the 2002 team lost all 21 games.

Wheeler (4-7): The Bearcats crushed North Newton 54-25 to take an 11-8 advantage in the series. Junior Shannon Eden matched her career best with 17 points. Junior Courtney Mockler and freshman Katie Reif each added 10 points to establish a personal best.

Boys

Chesterton (5-3): The Trojans pounded Clark 68-17 in the first meeting between the two schools since 1998. Clark holds a 13-7 advantage in the series. Sophomore Rhyss Lewis scored a career-high 11 points. Junior Chris Palombizio scored 19 points, moving past 1995 grad Jeff Bengert and 2002 grad Trevor Andershock into the top 40 on the Chesterton scoring list.

Hebron (5-2): The Hawks defeated North Newton 47-24 for their fourth consecutive win. The 24 points allowed by Hebron is the least since a 46-23 win over Washington Township three years ago.

Kouts (7-0): Kouts rolled to its seventh consecutive win with a 59-39 decision over Pioneer in the Region Roundball Rumble. The Mustangs have held the opposition under 50 points in five of their seven games. Senior Matt Stewart scored nine points, moving past 1963 grad Chuck Wienke into 39th on the Kouts scoring list.

Morgan Township (4-4): The Cherokees lost to Lake Station 59-58. Sophomore Jake Koselke scored a career-best 20 points and moved over the 300 mark to 318. Connor Martin established a personal-best 11 points. It was the first meeting between the two schools in five years. The Eagles hold a 12-11 edge in the series.

Portage (7-4): The Indians played four games in a 16-team tournament at Richmond. They dropped their opener to Floyd Central, 64-61, but came back to win three straight games to capture the consolation bracket for a ninth-place finish. They posted wins over Rock Creek Academy, 59-47, Greenfield, 58-51, and Connersville, 53-41. Senior Luke Kizer totaled 51 points in the four games to move over the 400 mark to 445. Junior Jordan Collazo totaled 39 points to move over the 400 mark to 438. Senior Jacob Bearss matched Kizer’s 51-point output to move over the 200 mark to 230. Bearss also recorded a career-high 21 against Greenfield. Junior Tim Bryant netted a personal-best 19 points against Rock Creek. Senior Mike Lattanzi had a career-best 12 points against Connersville.

Valparaiso (5-4): The Vikings clobbered North Judson 81-50 in the first meeting between the two schools since 2003. Valpo has won the last five meetings and holds a 33-6 advantage in the series. Sophomore Conner TenHove (19) and junior Cole Wolf (17) each scored career bests.

Washington Township (5-2): The Senators pummeled South Bend Career Academy 82-19. It was the fewest points allowed by a Washington team since a 52-19 win over Whiting in 2007.

Westville (4-4): The Blackhawks lost to Calumet 77-65 to even that series at 4-4.

Wheeler (3-3): The Bearcats edged Hanover Central 44-38 to take a 35-21 advantage in the series.

PCC: The following is a list of the round-robin records for each of the teams who have competed in the Porter County Conference during its 55 years of existence. The team with the best record is Boone Grove at 290-109 (.727). The Wolves are followed by Hebron 260-138 (.653), Kouts 236-163 (.591), Morgan Township 223-176 (.559), Jackson Township 40-36 (.526), Hanover Central 146-161 (.476), South Central 32-38 (.457), Liberty Township 33-44 (.429), Wheeler 138-191 (.419), LaCrosse 116-173 (.401), Westville 51-133 (.277) and Washington Township 98-301 (.246). Boone has either won outright or shared 24 titles. The Wolves are followed by Hebron with 16, Kouts and Morgan with 11 each, Wheeler with four, LaCrosse with three, Hanover Central two, and Liberty Township and South Central with one each. Kouts has won its last 25 round-robin games, which is tied for the longest winning streak in PCC history with Hebron from 1961-1965.

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