Lady Cats up to 6-3, ‘Classic’ next
By Mark Smith email@example.com December 24, 2012 11:16AM
Andrean's Jessica Gray puts up a shot past Hanover Central's Tiphani ward and Kristen Roper during a game on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Hanover Central winter classic
Dec 27-28, 2012 at Hanover Central
Thursday, Dec. 27 - QUARTERFINALS
HANOVER CENTRAL (6-3) vs. Morton (5-4) 11 a.m.
Wheeler (4-5) vs. Bowman Academy (1-6) 11 a.m.
Knox (1-9) vs. Whiting (10-0) 12:30 p.m
Griffith (7-3) vs. Beecher, Ill. (5-8) 12;30 p.m.
HC/Morton vs. Wheeler/Bowman - 6 p.m.
Knox/Whiting vs. Griffith/Beecher - 7:30 p.m.
FINALS - Friday, Dec 28 - East gym
7th place game - 6 p.m.
5th place game - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 28 - West gym
3rd place game - 6 p.m - USA-365.com
Championship game - 7:30 P.m. USA-365.com
HANOVER (6-3) 14 - 7 - 10 - 10 == 41
ANDREAN (2-7) 15 - 6 - 7 - 9 == 37
12-16-12 in Merrillville
HANOVER (41) Kristin Roper 2-1-5, Rylie Singleton 2-0-4, Danielle Schwalm 2-0-4, Blayr Poston 6-10-24, Hannah Blue 1-0-2, Summer Pattison 1-0-2, Tiphani Ward 0-0-0, Frankie Turturillo 0-0-0-, Alyssa Howard 0-0-0. TOTALS: 14 (11-17) 41.
ANDREAN (37) Lauren Stazinski 5-1-11, Brenna Boyle 2-0-6, Madison Lesch 0-4-4, Brittany Gray 0-2-2, Emma Farkas 1-0-2, Andrea Green 0-0-0, TOTALS: 13 (7-7) 37.
FREE THROWS: HANOVER (11-19, 57.8%) Poston 10-17, Roper 1-2; ANDREAN (7-7) Lauren Stazinski 1-1, Brittany Gray 2-2, Madison Lesch 4-4.
REBOUNDS: HANOVER (37) Roper 12, Singleton 7, Poston 5, Turturillo 4, Schwalm 4, Blue 4, Pattison; ANDREAN (24) Stazinski 12, Boyle 7, Jessica Gray 3, Brittany Gray, Farkas.
ASSISTS: HANOVER (7) Roper 4, Ward 2, Poston; ANDREAN (6) Farkas 3, Lesch, Boyle, Jessica Gray.
3-GOALS: HANOVER (2) Blayr Poston 2; ANDREAN (4) Jessica Gray 2, Brenna Boyle 2.
Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM
MERRILLVILLE — It was a Wednesday night game, six days before Christmas, between two teams that hadn’t played in awhile. It looked like what it was.
In a game in which neither team ever led by more than seven points, Blayr Poston scored 15 of her game-high 24 points in the second half and was 7-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter of a 41-37 Hanover win.
Neither team created any highlight films but Hanover (6-3) did just enough on the backboards and from the foul line to win an offensively challenged match between two teams that could meet again at the Class 3A Hanover Central Sectional next February.
“I thought Blayr played well,” said coach Doug Nelson. “I thought we did a pretty good job of guarding (Andrean forward Brenna) Boyle. How many did she have? Six?
“Offensively, yeah, we were rusty. We didn’t do everything we wanted to do but we hit free throws down the stretch. We didn’t take some shots (late in the game) but we can fix that. We haven’t been in any close games in the late going where we had the lead.”
Andrean’s six losses are all by fewer than 10 points and new coach Tony Schueb is getting a little tired of it.
“We just can’t finish,” he said. “It’s all about them not getting discouraged. I told them, ‘You can’t tell me you can’t beat that team.’ But we need a win. Everybody says we’ve come a long way from last year ( 3-20 last season) but that doesn’t matter. I really don’t want to hear about last year. Last year doesn’t mean anything to me.”
Hanover was loooking forward to the Hanover Winter Classic, the eight team tournament that starts Thursday with Hanover’s quarterfinal match up with Morton (5-5).
“They’re big and athletic,” said Nelson. “If we take care of the ball, we’ll be OK. But they are very athletic. We saw them a lot this summer.”
Hanover used to play in a holiday tournament in Momence, Ill., but they started their own Classic five years ago and expanded it from four to eight teams last year.
“I like the tournament,” Nelson said. “I don’t know anything about Beecher. But I know there’s some good teams.
“We’ve got to be ready. We’ve never won our tournament and that definetly was one of our goals this season.”
CAT NOTES: Hanover senior Summer Pattison is considering an offer to play soccer at Trine University in Angola. Pattison, a basketball forward, scored 20 goals this past season on the HC soccer team.
Hanover coach Doug Nelson said that if Hanover and Wheeler meet tonight at 6 p.m., matching his Lady Cats against his brother Dustin Neslon’s Wheeler Lady Bearcats, it certainly won’t be the first “family feud” matchup..
“He used to kick my butt all the time when he was at Washington Township (2001-2005) and I was at Marquette (2003-2005). If we’re fortunate enough to play each other, we might sit on the same bench, who knows?
“We want to be in the last (championship) game of the tourmnament. I don’t know if it’s going to be Whiting (10-0) or not but we want to be there.”