Top teams come down hard on CP
BY Mark Smith firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2012 1:34PM
Lowell coach Matt Welsh and Crown Point coach Anne Equihua talk before a game on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Carmel 59, Crown point 40
CARMEL (4-3) 22 - 7 - 14 - 16 == 59
CROWN POINT (2-6) 10 - 10 - 9 - 11 == 40
12-1-12, in Crown Point
CARMEL (59) Emily Kmec 3-0-6, Andi Kwansniewski 1-1-3, JJ Williams 8-0-16, Kyree Freeman 1-4-6, Amanda Shaw 3-1-7, Abby Abel 1-2-5, Khalia Royster 1-2-4, Carrie Lawson 2-0-6, Katelyn Nordoff 1-1-3, Stephanie Volkmar 0-0-0. Amy Malone 0-0-0, Allison Silvius 0-1-1. TOTALS: 21(12-17) 59.
CROWN POINT (40) Hannah Albrecht 4-0-8, Sarah Rivich 2-0-4, Rachel Honaker 1-0-2, Katja Tarailo 4-2-10, Tayor Equihua 2-5-9, Miranda Elish 1-0-3, Abby Kvachkoff 2-0-4, Ashley Cunningham 0-0-0, Katie Howarth 0-0-0. TOTALS: 16 (7-15) 40
FREE THROWS: CARMEL (12-17, 70.6%) Freeman 4-4, Abel 2-2, Roystar 2-2, Shaw 1-2, Silvius 1-2, Kwansniewski 1-1, Nordhoff 1-1, Volkmar 0-1, Williams 0-2. CP (7-15, 46.7%) Tarail 2-4, Equihua 5-8, Rivich 0-3.
REBOUNDS: CARMEL (26) Royster 7, Freeman 4, Kwaniewski 3, Shaw 3, Williams 2, Nordorf 4, Kmec, Larson, Volkmar; CP (35) Equihua 10, Tarailo 9, Albrecht 4, Howarth 4, Kvachkoff 3, Elish 2, Rivich 2, Honaker.
ASSISTS: CARMEL (10) Williams 4, Shaw 3, Kwansniewski, Royster, Larson; CROWN POINT (5) Cunningham 3, Albrecht, Tarailo.
STEALS: CARMEL (19) Shaw 5, Williams 4, Kmec 3, Larson 3, Kwasniewski 2, Freeman, Royster; CP (8) Albrecht 5, Tarailo 2, Rivich.
3-GOALS: CARMEL (5) Emily Kmec 2, Larson 2, Abel; CP (1) Miranda Elish.
CROWN POINT Lady Bulldogs (2-6)
Coach: Anne Equihua (2nd year), 14-9 in 2012
week night games: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 varsity - DAC games in CAPS
Nov. 10 (L) 36-39 at Munster
Nov. 13 (W)45-37 at Andrean
Nov. 16 (L) 24-34 at PORTAGE
Nov. 21 (L) 50-52 CHESTERTON
Nov. 24 (W) 61-52 at East Chicago (3-3)
Nov. 27 (L) 28-44 Lowell (5-0)
Nov. 30 (L) 40-46 at LaPORTE (5-1)
Dec. 1 (L) 40-59 Carmel (4-3)
Dec. 7 (Fri.) LAKE CENTRAL
Dec. 11 (Tues.) VALPARAISO
Dec. 14 (Fri.) at MICHIGAN CITY
Dec. 18 (Tues.) Hobart}
Dec. 21 (Fri.) girls/boys
Double-header - MERRILLVILLE - 6:00 pm
Jan. 4 (Fri.) girls/boys
double-header at CHESTERTON -6:00 pm
Jan. 12 (Sat.) at LAKE CENTRAL
Jan. 15 (Tues) PORTAGE
Jan. 18 (Fri.) MICHIGAN CITY
Jan. 22 (Tues.) LaPORTE
Jan. 25 (Fri.) at VALPARAISO
Jan. 31 (Thurs.) at MERRILLVILLE
Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM
CROWN POINT — It says something about your basketball program when Carmel, which has doezens of high profile schools in the Indianapolis area to choose from, will drive two hours to play you.
It’s an honor that the CP program has the prestige to interest the 4,000-student Hamilton County powerhouse.
The honor ends when they take the floor.
Using the depth and speed of a small college team, Carmel led all the way to defeat Crown Point 59-40 Saturday afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs’ third loss in a week they knew would be difficult.
“We had it down to seven at one point,” said CP coach Anne Equihua. “But we’re young and inexperienecd and that was the difference. They put a lot of pressure on everybody. We need to find someone other than Hannah (Albrecht) who can handle the ball against pressure.”
Carmel coach Scott Bowen, who is 145-52 in nine seasons, was happy to get the victory and was gracious even though the game was never in doubt.
“It’s good to win a basketball game on the road anywhere in the state of Indiana,” he said afterwards, “especially against a school with the tradition that Crown Point has. It’s a privilege for us to play against them.
“They made a surge there in the third quarter and got it close, and we had another group come in and bump the lead back up, and I was proud of our kids.”
The turnover totals told the story. CP was “credited” with 30 turnovers and that’s a total you can’t overcome.
“We don’t have much size,” said Bowen. “That’s what we do. We have to play to our strengths which are quickness and speed. Try to make things tough. Once they get past us, it makes it tough for us to match up with 6-1s and 6-2s.”
Carmel senior guard JJ Williams, wearing sparkly green sneakers with her white and blue Carmel jersey, sailed up and down the floor as if she were on skates, scoring 16 with four assist and three steals in just 22 minute of play.
“I loved her,” said coach Equihua. “If that’s what those shoes do, I’m going to buy a pair for all my girls. She was amazing. Nice girl, too. But just an amzaing player.”
Bowman added, “She’s going to Wright State in Cincinnattui for a reason. She’s got another gear that a lot of kids haven’t seen before. But it’s fun. We have a good group. Hopefulley we got better today. Crown Point’s young and they’ll be a lot better, too. They have a lot of young kids who did some nice things today.”
Crown Point did get the lead down to 29-22 and 36-29 in the third period as Sarah Rivich and Hannah Albrehct disrupted the Carmel attack to the top of the key. Senior center Taylor Equihua was strong under the boards.
But Carmel’s Amanda Shaw was a spark off the bench with seven points and four steals.
No one played more than 23 minutes for the Greyhounds, who have lost only to Hamilton Heights, Warren Central and 4A No.1 Hamilton Southeastern.
“Our main goal was that we didn’t want (Abby) Kvachkoff shooting a lot of threes,” said Bowmen. “Other than that, we just wanted to pressure everybody. I thought No. 11 (Hannah Albrecht) did a nice job for them.”
Crown Point lost for the third time in five days and while the three teams that beat them (Lowell, LaPorte and Carmel) had a combined record of 14-4 starting this week, losing gets old fast.
Still, CP was realistc about playing on the road at LaPorte on Friday night and hosting a team as strong as Carmel Saturday afternoon.
“To be honest, our goal today was to get everybody in against them,” she said. “Get them some playing time. A couple hadn’t gotten in much. They’d make a couple of mistakes and I’d take them out. You can’t always do that. We need to get them ready for the Duneland Conference.”
DOG NOTES: LaPorte guard Jaclyn Heath scored 14 as the Slicers (5-1) built a nine-point halftime lead and won 46-40 over Crown Point last Friday in LaPorte County.
The Slicers, who lost to Lake Central in the first six games, got 10 each from Taylor Thompson and Delanie Alcorn.
CP’s Abby Kvachkoff scored 11 and Hannah Albrecht added 10.
“Hannah was our player of the game by far,” reported coach Anne Equihua.
“She attacked the basket. I was very impresed. She made huge strides. Her confidence is getting better. She’s realizing she can’t just sit back and pass. She has to attack. I told her to watch Heath. She’s a true point guard. She attacks and sets everything up.”
Earlier in the week, Lowell forwards Mackenzie Kreutz (15) and Katie Bobos (11) combined for 26 points as the undefeated Devils (5-0) topped CP 44-28.
Senior Sarah Rivich led the Bulldogs with eight points. Lowell was 22 of 35 from the foul line.
Coach Equihua reports that CP’s Miranda Elish is playing with a broken nose. the 5-foot-9 freshman still got in for 14 minutes against carmle Saturday.
Injured junior Kara Brueckman did not play over the weekend but she will be back in uniform Friday against Lake Central.
Carmel coach Scott Bowen wants to keep playing Crown Point.
“The coach who was here before (former CP coach Mike Cronkhite) called us and we set it up,” he explained. “But I’m a Purdue guy and I was at Purdue when coach (Equihua) was playing there. It’s a lot of fun. I think the world of what she’s doing here. I enjoy how hard our teams play.”
“We went there last year and it was nice,” said coach Equihua. “Playing someone outside our regular schedule and someone who’s good, we’ll be down there next season.”