Boone Grove assistant coach Karissa Walter during the PCC championship on Saturday, January 19, 2013. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Lowell’s Austin Richie (2011) has apparently moved from the starting point guard slot to the sixth-man role for Divsion I Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Looks like it’s working.
After starting 15 games, Richie, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, came off the bench against Toledo on Jan. 16 and Northern Illinois on Jan. 19. WMU (12-7) won both games decisively.
In the 79-56 home win over Toledo, Richie played 18 minutes with five points, two assists and no turnovers. At NIU, Richie played 26 minutes with nine points and two assists.
For the season. Ritchie, the brother of Lowell coach Nate Richie, is averaging 6. 2 points and 3.2 assists, playing an average of 25 minutes a night.
After 17 games Austin was 13 of 42 (31 percent) from three point range and 24 of 37 (64.5 percent) from the foul line.
Crown Point’s Kelly Gross (2011) was 6-of-6 from the floor for a season-best 15 points for IU Northwest in a 75-52 victory over Silver Lake College on Jan. 12.
For the season, Gross is averaging 6.4 points a game for the RedHawks (8-15), shooting 26 of 64 (40.6 percent) from three-point range and 29 of 49 (59.2 percent) from the foul line.
Also at IUN, Boone Grove’s Brittany Dewell (2010) is averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 assists in an average of 27 minutes a game.
Kouts grad AnnMarie Keller averages 8.2 points per game and ex-Griffith center Ashley Parrish is averaging 6.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
The young woman who looks familiar on the Boone Grove bench is Karissa Walter, Boone’s JV coach and assistant varsity coach.
Walter coaches the junior varsity for the Wolves, and the players may not know that Walter was the MVP of the Porter County Conference in 2004 and 2005.
Walter was one of the best Boone players in this era, averaging 16.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.9 steals as a senior, and leading her team to a 57-52 victory over Crown Point, Boone’s only win ever over its big neighbor school across the Lake County line.
As a junior, Walter averaged 15.0 points, 6.1 assists 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 steals. Karissa played four years for Oakland City College and was the team MVP her senior season.
Boone Grove’s middle school coaches are all former Boone or Hebron players.
Jennifer Marshall, who was fourth in the PCC MVP voting in 2002, coaches eighth-grade. Danielle Cantwell, who just graduated in 2011, coaches seventh-graders and Jessica Dowdy, who was sixth in PCC MVP voting in 2008 and 11th in 2007, coaches sixth-grade.
And that was CP grad Donovan Garletts (2005)coaching Marquette in the Greater South Shore Conference championship game last week.
Marquette (9-4) lost to Noll 63-50 Saturday.
Garletts, who was an assistant at Bloomington South aftter graduating from Indiana University, is 26-30 in his third year as a head coach.