Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2014-02-18T17:00:00Z 2014-02-24T05:06:06Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 18, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

Girls

Boone Grove (2-16): The Wolves were eliminated from the Whiting Sectional by Bishop Noll, 48-33, last week. It was their first loss to Noll in four meetings. Boone concluded its season with a 15-game losing streak.

Chesterton (11-11): The Trojans defeated Michigan City, 55-41, before falling to Merrillville, 66-47, in the semifinals of the Hobart Sectional. Junior Jordan Wadding matched her personal best with 10 points against the Wolves. Senior Caroline Puntillo totaled 49 points in the two games and came up 15 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau. Puntillo finished as the fourth all-time leading scorer in Chesterton history. Her 450 points this season ranks as the second most in school history. Her scoring average of 20.5 per game is a school record, surpassing the 20.3 mark set in 2011 by Clair Holba.

Hebron (7-12): The Hawks were eliminated from the Whiting Sectional by Noll, 62-29.

Kouts (13-9): The Fillies opened Class A Kouts Sectional play with a 52-27 win over Westville behind a career-best 17 points from sophomore Bella Wireman. They were then eliminated by Morgan Township for the third consecutive season.

Morgan Township (15-6): Coach Kevin Krieger’s Cherokees captured the Kouts Sectional with victories over 21st Century, 62-9, Kouts, 36-29, and Washington Township, 32-29. It was Morgan's sixth sectional title overall and its third straight. Senior Trina Coleman totaled 36 points in the three games and has 1,165 career points, which ranks 17th in Porter County history, behind 1994 Boone graduate Jennifer Sliwa. Senior Hannah Murphy had 17 points in the three games to move over the 300 mark to 312. Senior Brianna Leuck equaled her season high with 14 points against 21st Century. Next up for the Cherokees is a meeting with No. 1-ranked Oregon-Davis (19-2) in the Caston Regional on Saturday. The Cherokees have been eliminated in each of the last two years by the Bobcats in the regional.

South Central (13-8): Sophomore Riley Popplewell poured in a season-high 24 points in a 73-55 opening-round Triton Sectional loss to Oregon-Davis. Popplewell’s effort pushed her over the 500 mark to 513 and moved her into the top 20 on the school scoring list.

Valparaiso (9-11): Senior Kristina Veljovic matched her career high with 10 points in a 64-41 loss to Merrillville at the Hobart Sectional. The Vikings, under the direction of coach Joe Otis, posted their best record in four years.

Washington Township (15-6): Washington recorded wins over Covenant Christian, 48-21, and Marquette, 62-28, before falling to Morgan in the Kouts Sectional title game. Coach Chris Tomcsi, in his first year at Washington, directed the Senators to their best record since the 2003 team went 18-6. The 15 wins were the most since the 2005 team recorded the same number of victories. Washington finished with the sixth-lowest defensive average in the state. Senior Maddy Johnson became the 25th player in Senators history to reach the 400-point plateau.

Boys

Boone Grove (5-10): The Wolves lost to Portage, 52-34, and Lowell, 52-39, running their losing streak to six games. Senior Jon Hogg totaled 18 points in the two games to move over the 600 mark to 608. Junior Isaac Mioduski netted 26 points in the two games to go over the 200 mark to 225.

Chesterton (9-8): Chesterton lost to Portage, 47-44, and Mishawaka Marian, 72-55, extending its losing streak to four. Junior Chris Palombizio totaled 43 points in the two games to move over the 700 mark to 730. He ranks 14th on the Chesterton scoring list, just ahead of 1955 grad Bob Westergren.

Kouts (12-2): The Mustangs defeated Morgan, 68-59, to secure their fourth straight Porter County Conference round-robin title. Kouts has one PCC game remaining against LaCrosse in the regular-season finale. Should the Mustangs win that, it would be their fourth consecutive undefeated season in conference play, which has never been accomplished in PCC history.

LaCrosse (3-13): The Tigers dropped an 80-67 decision to West Central despite 21 points from senior Bryce Guse. Guse's effort pushed him over the 700 mark to 712. He ranks 27th at LaCrosse, behind 1976 grad Tom Wozniak.

Morgan Township (9-7): Junior Chase Braden tallied 22 points in a loss to Kouts to move past 1987 grad Mark Maxwell into 22nd on the Morgan scoring list.

Portage (9-9): The Indians, with victories over Boone and Chesterton, are trying to avoid the school’s 10th consecutive losing season. Senior Luke Kizer (514) and junior Jordan Collazo (500) each reached the 500-point milestone. They became the 52nd and 53rd players in Portage history to reach that plateau.

South Central (3-12): The Satellites suffered losses to Washington Twp., 69-56, and New Prairie, 52-35. Junior Mark Richards totaled 31 points in the two games to move over the 300 mark to 315.

Valparaiso (11-7): The Vikings recorded wins over Crown Point, 44-41, and Munster, 56-49. Senior Justin Osburn scored 12 points against Munster to move over the 400 mark to 405. Sophomore Conner TenHove added eight points to move over the 200 mark to 201. Junior Brandon Nicholas scored a career-high 11 points against Munster.

Washington Township (11-5): The Senators defeated South Central for the fifth straight time.

Westville (10-6): The Blackhawks recorded a 67-61 win over River Forest. Senior Alex Henn scored 18 points, moving him over the 300 mark for his career to 305. Senior Shawn Gerron added 13 points in becoming the 35th player in Westville history to reach the 600 mark.

Wheeler (6-9): The Bearcats dropped decisions to Morton, 71-57, and North Judson, 56-50.

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