CHESTERTON — Up by nine points at halftime, Chesterton felt like it should be leading by even more.
Then came the third quarter.
With its defense turning into offense, Times No. 2 Chesterton rattled off a 12-0 run, including nine straight points by Courtney Krol, expanding its lead to 23 by the end of the third. Krol totaled 16 points in the frame and 24 for the night as host Chesterton upended Times No. 9 West Side 52-30 on Tuesday to extend its win streak to five.
"That's how we like to play," Krol said. "We want to use our defense to transition into our offense. We're a fast team so it's easier for us to get out in transition instead of walking the ball up and getting into sets. When we're out in transition, it gives us more options. We had a mindset coming out of half that we really needed to jump on them and finish this game in the third quarter and that's what we did."
Chesterton (15-1) totaled 13 steals as it held West Side 23 points under their average.
"We came out in the third, got a couple steals and easy baskets and that opened up the lead for us," coach Jack Campbell said. "Teams get worn down psychologically when they're turning the ball over and over and the other team keeps scoring a few times in a row. It was an overall great ballgame for us, especially defensively. We're generally pretty solid on that end but we'll sometimes have some glitches here and there but I felt like we put together a good four quarters of a defense."