Nobody able to stop Bishop Luers
By Mark Smith email@example.com February 19, 2013 12:08PM
Boone Grove's Claudia Cooper looks to pass during a regional game against Whiting on Saturday, February 16, 2013. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Bishop Luers 67, Boone 40
BISHOP LUERS (14-11) 15 - 14 - 17 - 16 == 67
BOONE GROVE (18-7) 6 - 7 - 9 - 18 == 40
2-15-13 - 2A Regional championship in Rochester
LUERS (67) Allison Butler 6-2-15, Emily Wolfe 5-0-11, Taya Andrews 2-0-5, Tashayla Sutorius 7-9-23, Erin Butler 1-0-3, Schrae Hammock 2-0-4, Kayla Knapke 1-0-2, Tattenai Hall 1-0-2, Addie Reimbold 1-0-2, Emilia Miles 0-0-0, Mirabda Malott 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26 (11-16) 67.
BOONE (40) Faith Dammerall 3-1-8, Claudia Cooper 1-1-3, Nicole Malouhos 2-1-5, Sarah Steinhilber 2-0-4, Paige Aguilera 5-3-13, Ellie Graeber 2-1-5, Sarah Brown 1-0-2, Katie Brown 0-0-0, Courtney Casbon 0-0-0. TOTALS: 16 (7-16) 40.
FREE THROWS: LUERS (11-16, 68.7%) Allison Butler 2-3, Sutorius 9-13, BOONE (7-16, 43.7%) Dammarell 1-2, Malouhos 1-1, Aguilera 3-9, Graeber 1-2, Cooper 1-2.
REBOUNDS: LUERS (18) Wolfe 6, Sutoruius 4, Rembold 3, Knapke 2, Andrews, Hall, Erin Butler; BOONE (23) Aguilera 8, Malouhos 6, Cooper 4, Dammarell 2, Steinhilber, Graeber, Casbon.
STEALS: LUERS (16) Allison Butler 5, Reimbold 3, Erin Butler 2, Sutorious 2, Wolfe 2, Knapke, Hammock; BOONE (9) Aguilera 4, Dammarell 2, Cooper, Steinhilber, Malouhos.
ASSISTS: LUERS (16) Allison Butler 7, Erin Butler 3, Sutorius 4, Reimbold, Hammock; BOONE (9) Cooper 2, Cantwell 2, Dammarell, Malouhos, Aguilera.
TECHNICAL FOUL: LUERS (1) Addie Reimbold (4th Q) 7:43; BOONE (1) Claudia Cooper (4th Q) 7:43
FOULED OUT: BOONE (2) Claudia Cooper (4th Q) 7:34 left; Sarah Steinhilber (4th Q) 6:27.
3-GOALS BOONE (1) Faith Dammerall; LUERS (4) Allison Butler, Erin Butler, Taya Andrews, Emma Wolfe
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM
ROCHESTER — It was a day of fun a long way from home. But like most fun days, it ended with a large dose of reality.
Porter County Conference champion Boone Grove got past Whiting 52-33 in the Class 2A Rochester Regional semifinals Saturday in Fulton County before coming back to earth.
“Earth” coming in the form of four-time state champion Bishop Luers, which sent the out-manned Wolves back to Porter County on the short end of a 67-40 championship game decision.
Sometimes, when a team loses, there are several thoughts about what the loser could have done better to make the game closer.
This is not one of these times. Other than play the regional on another day (maybe in another year), there really wasn’t any way Luers wasn’t going to win Saturday.
“They were very, very, very quick,” said coach Candy Wilson, ending her 16th season. “We didn’t do a good job of covering in the post and they got some easy baskets. Can’t leave people open down there and expect to win. We didn’t give up but we were overpowered.”
“We did a nice job against the press but we missed some coverages and fatigue got us. There’s not a whole lot you can do about that,” Wilson said. “I’m proud of the kids. They played hard. Good group of kids. Nothing bad to sat about them.”
Boone committed 22 turnovers and scored just nine field goals in the first three quarters in its first regional championship game since 2003.
If Boone can take anything back from this trip to one of Indiana’s most traditional basketball towns, it’s that a team which was not one of Boone’s most all-time talented in the senior class, won a regional game and laid groundwork for a future visit.
“You always hope you have senior leadership and we had that this year,” Wilson said. “That pulled us through. They really held us through. Three of them were starting at the and they played 99 percent of the game. I’m proud of them.”
A half-filled gym at Rochester (both finalist schools were over 60 miles away) watched Boone (18-7) score first but fall behind 7-2 and 19-6. Twin guards Allison and Erin Butler, both juniors, combined for five assists and four first-half steals disrupting the Wolves attack.
Luers got the ball inside to freshman center Tashayla Sutorious, who scored 18 first half points including 8-of-10 from the line as the lead expanded to 27-13 before Luers score the final seven points of the second quarter to lead by 21 at halftime.
It wasn’t “breaking news.” Luers has won five playoff games by a total of 151 points. No one has come closer than Westview, which lost Saturday’s semifinal game at Rochester by 23.
“We’ve lost 11 games,” said Luers coach Denny Renier. “But at one time, we had the 24th toughest schedule in the state. We took some lumps, but I thought when we got to the tournament we could make some noise.”
“We had some film on them (Boone) and we worked on it. Their (1-3-1) defense concerned me. It really did. I thought we handled it well.”
The most noise made on this cold night far from home was in the stands, as a lot of fouls seemed to be overlooked by game officials.
It was a very physical game and there were double technical fouls on Boone’s Claudia Cooper and Luers junior Addie Reimbold with 7:47 to go in the fourth quarter. A technical foul counts as a personal foul and when Cooper drew her fifth foul 13 seconds later, she was out of the game.
Boone people were upset because Luers was allowed a lot of physical contact (hand and arm bars) defending the Wolves’ guards. That contact probably should have been called in a regional game but, in fairness to the Knights, that’s the way the game is played in the big-school Summit Athletic Conference, where Luers plays a nine-game schedule and league tournament.
All three game officials were from Lake County.
Boone was tired from the foul line as well, shooting just 7-of-16, so more fouls might not have made the game much closer.
Boone had 22 turnovers and most of them were forced. Luers simply had more skilled players, especially Allison Butler, who scored 15 with seven assists and four steals.
The only thing weak about Luers, which won its semifinal 71-48 over Westview (15-8), was its post victory celebration.
Luers has won 20 sectionals, 12 regionals, nine semistates and six state championships in the last 15 years. They probably don’t celebrate regional wins over public schools.
“We’re not satisfied just to get to state,” Renier said. “So far, it’s been kinda easy. But we’re playing our best basketball now, no question.”
Boone’s underclassmen, led by 6-foot-1 center Nicole Malouhos, will need considerable help from younger players not yet on the varsity to keep Boone’s success (79-14 the last four years) going.
But, to some extent, that was said before this year as well.
“You learn year round,” said Wilson. “You would hope they (newcomers) learn the passion that it takes. Those guys (seniors) were so competitive. They don’t stop no matter what the score and you would hope they learn that passion.”
Boone hopes to be back in 2014, even though that will be difficult without four seniors, three of whom (guard Brittany Slicker had a season ending knee injury in December) were starters.
But the bigger issue is that Bishop Luers, which starts five underclassmen, including a 5-foot-11 freshman who scored 23 points, will almost certainly be back in regional play next fall.
What is anybody going to do in a one-time, one-game shot against a team as talented, deep and increasingly experienced as the Knights? It’s like saving your money to go to the casino once a year.
And Bishop Luers is “the bank.”
“You can only slow them so much when they are trapping you,” said Wilson. “You have to get shots and make them when you have openings. You really have to play teams like that in the summertime and we do. Or we try to. You have to build from the bottom up. “
WOLF NOTES: Whiting (20-4) may have fallen victim to being in regional play for the first time in the semifinal against Boone.
Playing in a place they had never been to in a gym they had never played in, the Oilers fell behind 15-0 and lost to Boone Grove 52-33.
The Oilers, led by 5-foot-3 junior Citlali Lopez, closed the gam to 21-16 at halftime but Boone scored the first nine points of the second half to put the game away.
Boone’s Paige Aguilera scored 26 points and stole the ball six times on Boone’s 1-3-1 half court trapping defense.
Whiting never figured out Boone’s defense and could not make three-point shots as it had all season.
Whiting graduated four seniors, including two starters but Lopez, their floor leader and point guard, will return.
With Boone Grove and Merrillville losing in regional championship play, the Crown Point semistate will not include any team within 50 miles of Crown Point.
Even Oregon-Davis lost in regional championship play while Whiting, Lake Central, Griffith, Rensselaer and Morgan Township all fell in regional semifinal action.
The big geographic regional winner ends up being Benton Central, which is an hour south of Crown Point.