Girls basketball: Boone wins fourth straight PCC tourney title
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or email@example.com January 19, 2013 9:24PM
Boone Grove's (L-R) Nicole Malouhos, Paige Aguilera, and Katie Brown celebrate their victory over Morgan Township during the PCC girls tournament championship game held at Boone Grove High School on Saturday January 19, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Medi
Updated: February 21, 2013 7:00AM
VALPARAISO — Was it great defense or ugly offense? One of the coaches of the teams facing off in the Porter County Conference girls tourney on Saturday night at Boone Grove had a theory about the first two quarters.
“Both teams scouted each other well,” Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger said, with a half smile on his face. “We have seen each other like 18 times over the last five or six years.”
Boone Grove coach Candy Wilson just thought her squad wasn’t playing up to its capability.
Ah, the mentality of a coach: One semi-cynically touting his staff and the other being a perfectionist.
Wilson the perfectionist got to help cut down the nets with her team as the Wolves overcame an ugly first half to win their fourth straight PCC Tournament crown, 40-28, over the Cherokees.
“That was not a real good first half for us,” Wilson said. “They played great and we didn’t play well.”
That’s as good an explanation as any for a first-quarter score of 7-3, and halftime score of 12-11. But the Xs and Os explanation was that Morgan was tough on defense despite a size disadvantage.
“We did a good job of defending (Boone) in the first half, and ran out of gas at the end,” Krieger said.
The Wolves (13-5) managed only three field goals in the first half, and only improved slightly with seven baskets in the final two quarters. But it was the ability to get to the free-throw line — and make more than half (20 of 38) after some bad nights from the charity stripe in recent weeks (including 6 of 19 on Tuesday).
“We get a little uppity, uppity for this tournament and we just had to settle things down,” Wilson said. “We started being patient and looking for the right things (on offense).”
And the Wolves did a good job of containing the Cherokees’ (9-9) leading scorer Trina Coleman. She was averaging more than 13 points per game coming into the contest, but she was held scoreless until 2:16 left in the game. She finished with seven points.
Part of that defense came from Paige Aguilera, who had a complete game with a game-high 16 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and a couple of her trademark kicked balls in the passing lanes.
“This team has come so, so, so far,” Wilson said. “If you told me we were going to win this two months ago, I would have never believed you. These kids have really dug in and worked hard.”