Girls basketball: Lake Central stuns Michigan City
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent January 3, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:41AM
ST. JOHN — First-year Lake Central coach Marc Urban stated several times his team was inching closer and closer to realizing its potential.
In Thursday night’s Duneland Athletic Conference clash against Michigan City, the Indians came full circle — pulling off a huge 60-50 upset win over the Wolves.
The improbable victory helped the Indians (7-6, 5-3) avenge a 72-42 thumping at Michigan City (11-3, 6-2) seven weeks ago.
“It says a lot about these girls to get embarrassed by 30 and come back to get better like this,’’ Urban said. “One good thing about the conference round robin is you can get beat and get a second chance.’’
Sophomore guard Tara Zlotkowski scored a team-high 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals, while junior guard Rolanda Curington recorded a double-double (14 rebounds, 11 points) and played like she was possessed.
Sophomore Lindsay Kusbel scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Jessica Bell added 10 points and six boards. Jessica DelBovo had six points and six boards.
“It feels really nice to win,’’ Curington said. “From the beginning of the game, we knew we were going to win. We just had it in us. We knew we could do better than the last game — that was really bad. We played well as a team collectively. We came in ready for this game. We got it down, now. Our coach has a lot of faith in us, and that helps us a lot.’’
Zlotkowski never lost confidence in her shooting, despite making only 5 of 15 shots.
“I knew if I shot-faked and went around them, I could get inside and make some closer shots,’’ she said. “This means a lot to us. Now, we’re over the hill. We feel like we can take off now, and we will.’’
Lake Central, which was coming off a 12-day layoff after a four-point loss at Penn, snapped a three-game losing streak with its most notable win this season.
The Indians didn’t perform like a team that hadn’t played a game in 12 days, except for possibly its 25 of 43 free throw shooting (58.1 percent).
Urban’s team more than made up for the dismal free throw shooting by outrebounding the Wolves, 40-29, and playing extremely solid defense.
“The girls took full advantage of those 12 days (off) to get better,’’ Urban said. “We got after it at practice, and they really had a good attitude. We realized we were the only team that could beat ourselves, and they believed that tonight.’’
Michigan City coach Mike Megyese was hit with a technical foul for arguing a call on center Keshyana Cooper with 7:27 left in the third quarter.
Megyese’s technical seemed to ignite his team as City overcame a 28-22 deficit after two free throws by Bell.
The Wolves took a 31-30 lead on a 3-point basket by Murphy, who scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:56 left.
Cooper, who scored only six points and had six rebounds fouled also fouled out.
Michal Miller had 14 points for City.
The game started 30 minutes late after Michigan City’s bus broke down en route to LC.