Girls basketball: Patient Hanover Central stops Andrean’s win streak
By Nick Nochevich Star correspondent December 23, 2013 12:02PM
Hanover Central's Brooke Sterkowitz shoots over Andrean's Haley Hrosik during a basketball game in Cedar Lake, In., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 23, 2013 12:09PM
CEDAR LAKE — Andrean arrived at Hanover Central looking to extend its winning streak to four games. The Wildcats had another plan, ending that streak with an impressive 44-28 win.
Hanover Central took control of the game early and never looked back, establishing a patient offensive attack coupled with a steady, solid defensive presence that was too much for Andrean to overcome.
“I am pleased with the way we played tonight,” Hanover Central coach Doug Nelson. “We needed a boost with a win over a formidable opponent and we were able to do that tonight. We controlled the ball very well and defended against them well. Frankie Turturillo had her best game of the season thus far.”
Hanover Central (4-4) took the lead right out of the gate with its patient offensive attack. The Wildcats were content in moving the ball around the perimeter looking for open shots.
Hanover Central senior Rylie Singleton capitalized had a hot hand from the 3-point line. The senior led all scorers with 15 points, all on five 3s.
“It’s a big win for us,” Singleton said. “We wanted to play well and beat a good team like Andrean and we had an all around good game.”
Hanover led by seven after the first quarter and extended its lead to 14 points at the half. Singleton and Brooke Sterkowitz led all scorers on the night with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Andrean (4-4) mounted a comeback in the third quarter and cut into the Hanover lead, but Hanover turned back the charge and regained its lead, holding it through the remainder of the game.
“We did not come out with the intensity we needed to have,” Andrean coach Tony Scheub said. “We were flat in the first half but came back in the third quarter, but couldn’t carry that through the rest of the game, something I take responsibility for and we all will work on in practice.”