Girls basketball: Crown Point wins with size, depth over Chesterton
By Tommy Williams Star correspondent January 28, 2014 12:56PM
Updated: January 28, 2014 12:56PM
CROWN POINT — One of the differences between teams that contend for titles and those that donw’t can come down to which teams succeed even though their best player may not have her A-game that night.
A good example is Crown Point, whose top shooter, Abby Kvachkoff, had an off night against Kankakee Valley on Tuesday. No one picked her up offensively and the Bulldogs had to eek out a win.
Saturday night, Kvachkoff was held to seven points against Chesterton but Crown Point got a 17-point game from Katija Tarailo and 12 more from Hannah Albrecht, plus some strong frontcourt play in a 60-44 win, the Bulldogs’ fifth in their last seven games.
“We’ve been fortunate all year that Abby has been on for us, but tonight she wasn’t,” Crown Point coach Anne Equihua said.
“It was Lily (Wisniewski) and Katie (Howarth) who came in and did really well rebounding and putting shots back in. It’s nice to see other kids step up because sectionals are coming up.”
The fact that Wisniewski, Howarth and Tarailo all conttributed to the Bulldogs win demonstrates the Crown Point height advantage over Chesterton (8-9, 2-5 DAC). Tarailo is 6-1 while the other two (who scored eight points each) are 6-footers. It was an advantage the Trojans could not over come.
“In the first half, we had a lot of good shots that we didn’t make,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “It was a two- or three-point ballgame at the time and then they went on a 12-0 run and that basically was the ballgame. They have something we don’t have and that’s size.
“We didn’t block out very well. Generally speaking we never block out well but it’s worse when you play a team like Crown Point and their size.”
Caroline Puntillo was the only double-figure scorer (14 points) for the Trojans, who have now lost two straight.