Girls basketball: Hanover beats Kouts to stay tied for first in PCC
CEDAR LAKE — Hanover Central’s Blayr Poston said her team “needed and wanted” a win against Kouts and the senior did her part as the Wildcats cruised to a 60-43 win on Saturday, keeping their hopes alive for a chance at the Porter County Conference round-robin title.
Before Saturday’s games, South Central and Hanover both had one loss in PCC play. The Satellites beat Morgan Township, so Hanover remains tied headed into Tuesday’s huge game at Boone Grove, which has two losses and owns the coveted PCC Kup.
Despite sitting most of the second quarter because of foul trouble and the final quarter once the game was secured, Poston led all scorers with 25 points.
“This was a game we wanted and needed to win; we are tied in the round-robin and want to win the Kup,” Poston said. “Our team stepped up as they did when I was hurt and contributed to the win.”
In what was a close battle early, Hanover Central (11-6, 4-1 PCC) went on an 8-0 run to take an 18-10 lead after the first quarter.
Poston went to the bench in the second quarter with foul trouble and Kouts took advantage getting within one point. A basket at the horn by Frankie Turturillo gave Hanover a 24-21 lead at the half.
Hanover took control in the third quarter, led by Poston, Tiphani Ward, and Kristen Roper as they outscored the Fillies 22-6. Ward and Roper had 11 and 10 points respectively.
“I thought we played well despite a bad second quarter and we have been looking for others to step up on offense as we approach the end of the season, knowing teams will focus to Poston,” Hanover coach Doug Nelson said. “I thought Tiphani and Kristen did well for us today.”
Kouts (9-10, 2-5 PCC) was led by Bella Wireman’s 14 points, while Jayla Crump had 12.