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Girls basketball: CP rolls over Morton on second senior night

Crown Point's Hannah Albrecht (right)  tries steal ball from Morton's TimyRay. Albrecht led all scorers with 12 points. |

Crown Point's Hannah Albrecht (right) tries to steal the ball from Morton's Timya Ray. Albrecht led all scorers with 12 points. | Mark Smith/For the Star

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CP had two ‘final home games’ this season.

The team honored seniors Abby Kvachkoff and Katija Tarailo in a Jan. 25 game against Chesterton, but there was still a snow-postponed game last Friday with Morton, played on a quiet night in front of a slim crowd.

It was a quiet, peaceful game won by CP 49-23 over Morton on a snowy night at the end of January. And like all final games of the season, there was a touch of sadness to it.

“I don’t want to think about yet what it’s going to be without them because we still have some games left,” said third year CP coach Anne Equihua. “But those are going to be big shoes to fill.”

Tarailo (10 points), Kvachkoff (11) and sophomore guard Hannah Albrecht (12) paced the Bulldogs (12-6), which led 7-0, 20-6 and 44-17 over the outmanned Governors (8-11). Just hours before the state tournament draw which will hint at their post-season future, there was no reason to do more.

“Obviously this was the last game,” Kvachkoff said. “But I didn’t want to think about it and let it affect how I played. Afterwards, it’s a little sad but it’s happy at the same time.”

No matter what happens in next week’s eight-team sectional in Hobart, Tarailo and Kvachkoff, both younger sisters of former CP stars Daniela Tarailo (a graduate of USC-Aiken) and Courtney Kvachkoff (St Joseph’s College) led Crown Point back to winning ways.

“More than anything, they are just great kids and great leaders,” Equihua said. “Abby plays a lot of sports so Katija kinda took over our fall workouts. She was like a little mother hen to the younger ones. Katija and Abby, just the way their personalities are, so laid back. They are sweet kids.”

Tarailo and Kvachkoff, both 6-foot-1 forwards, have played together so long some folks think they’re related.

“Katija and I are like sisters,” Kvachkoff said. “We know where each other is going to be on the floor because we’ve played together for so long. Even before middle school, we played in AAU tournaments together. She went to Wheeler (middle school) and I went to Taft, but we came back together here in the high school.

“I’m a little surprised there’s only two seniors left, but I’m not surprised it’s us two. Even when we were little, we were always tall then, too, but we were little,” Kvachkoff joked. “Even then, we were best friends at the little kids camps.”

The Bulldogs were only 5-16 last season, so they’ve more than doubled their win total. But they leave no doubt they’d like three more wins next week at Hobart.

“We’re happy with 12-5” Equihua said. “There’s a couple we could have or should have won. Overall, coming into this season, we weren’t sure of anything. I think our girls have responded. Are we playing the game perfectly? No, but we’re definitely happy with the season so far.

“We’ve got to practice hard, because we do have a chance to do really well at the sectional.”



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