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LC holds off Lowell in sectional final game

Lowell's Katie Bobos drives basket past Highland's Hannah Ryzewski during sectional semi-finals Friday Munster. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

Lowell's Katie Bobos drives to the basket past Highland's Hannah Ryzewski during the sectional semi-finals on Friday, in Munster. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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Lake Central 53, LOwell 49

LOWELL (18-4) 13-13-7-16 = 49

LAKE CENTRAL (15-8) 16-12-10-15 = 53

2-9-13, Munster Sectional Championship

LOWELL (49) Sarah Wietbrock 0 0-0 0, Carley Austgen 0 3-4 3, Mackenzie Kreutz 1 3-4 5, Katie Bobos 10 7-7 29, Kalyne Godbolt 2 1-4 5, Hunter Jusevitch 1 2-3 5, Sydney Barta 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 15 (16-22) 49.

LAKE CENTRAL (53) Tara Zlotkowski 3 2-3 9, Chrissy Addison 3 2-2 4, Rolanda Currington 2 1-1 4, Jessica Bell 2 0-0 4, Lindsay Kusbel 5 4-5 15, Gina Rubino 2 0-0 6, Jessica DelBovo 3 0-0 6, Megan Krol 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 (9-11) 53.

FREE THROWS: LOWELL (16-22, 72.7%) Bobos 7-7, Kreutz 3-4, Jusevitch 2-3, Godbolt 1-4. LC (9-11, 81.8%) Kusbel 4-5, Zlotkowski 2-3, Addison 2-2, Curington 1-1.

REBOUNDS: LOWELL (18) Bobos 5, Barta 3, Kreutz 3, Austgen 3, Godbolt 2, Wietbrock, Jusevitch. LC (17) Zlotkowski 4, Kusbel 4, Bell 3, Curington 2, Addison 2, DelBovo, Rubino.

ASSISTS: LOWELL (6) Godbolt 6. LC (6) Curington 2, Krool, Zlotkowski, Rubino, Bell.

STEALS: LOWELL (6) Bobos 3, Kreutz, Jusevitch, Godbolt; LC (5) Zlotkowski 3, Krol, Kusbel.

3-GOALS: LOWELL Katie Bobos 2, Hunter Jusevitch; Gino Rubino 2, Tara Zlotkowski, Lindsay Kusbel.

Updated: February 12, 2013 12:08PM



MUNSTER — The Indiana State basketball tournament is designed so almost everybody loses their last game as quickly as possible.

I’d guess that 99 percent of all players lose their final game of their high school careers, the vast majority of them in the sectional.

It’s set up that way.

So, when you lose, you hope you go out with a strong effort. Last Saturday night, it would seem that Lowell did that.

The Red Devils, who’d been bombed 40-16 by Lake Central in January, battled the Indians to the final minute in last Saturday’s Class 4A Sectional 1 championship game, losing with honor 53-49.

The Devils led only briefly and it’s hard to argue they should have won. But Lowell certainly could have won a match that was worthy of champions, unlike the one five weeks ago.

Lowell had the ball, trailing 50-47, and before anyone could shoot a potential game-tying three-pointer, LC senior star Jessica Bell fouled Lowell top scorer Katie Bobos.

If it wasn’t a strategy, it should have been.

Bobos hit both foul shots to cut the lead to 50-49 with 13 seconds to play and Lowell (18-4) quickly fouled the Indians’ Tara Zlotkowski, who split two foul shots to make the score 51-49.

Lowell tried to hurry the ball up the floor but LC’s Lindsay Kusbel stole the inbounds pass, intended for Lowell center Mackenzie Kreutz.

LC’s Chrissy Addison ran away for the final basket, sealing LC’s 15th sectional championship and denying the Devils their first since 2000.

The Devils led only briefly but this game was nothing like the earlier loss. Lowell made just 15 of 40 field goal attempts but was 16 of 22 from the line. The Devils only trailed 28-26 at the half because Lindsay Kusbel hit a three-point shot as time ran out.

As the game wore on, it felt like Lowell was poised to break the school’s 13-year sectional basketball losing streak as Bobos, Lowell’s 5-foot-10 senior, was 10 of 21 from the field leading all scorers with 29 points.

The Devils scored nine points in a row to take a 42-38 lead early in the fourth quarter, but a 10-3 run by LC regained the lead 48-45 with 59 seconds left.

But LC (16-7), which had to overcome East Chicago (12-11) Gary West Side (17-4) and Lowell (18-4) to win the sectional championship, got 15 points from Kusbel and took care of the ball (just 10 turnovers) to hold off the Northwest Crossroads Conference champs in a well-payed game.

DEVIL NOTES: Lowell dominated Highland 59-32 in the sectinal semifinals last Friday.

Senior center Mackenzie Kreitz tied one of those records that can’t be broken when she hit every single shot she took — 9 of 9 from the field and 3 of 3 from the foul line — to lead all scorers with 21 points in just 19 minutes of play.

Lowell senior Kalyne Godbolt took just four shots but passed out eight assists as the Devils led 31-14 at halftime, winning an 18th game for the second season in a row.

Jessica Bell scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in LC’s 55-47 come-from-behind win over East Chicago in Friday’s semifinals.

The 36-8 record for Lowell is the best two-year span in school history. Lowell’s 2013 season duplicated 2012 almost exactly as it was 17-3 during the regular season both years.

All three teams that defeated Lowell this season won Class 4A sectional championships.



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