Girls basketball: Jameka Collins works hard for MC
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent January 18, 2013 10:44PM
Michigan City's Keshyana Cooper and Crown Point's Miranda Elisj reach for a rebound during a game on Friday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 18, 2013 11:07PM
CROWN POINT — Hot shooting and a pressure defense that resulted in 10 first-half turnovers put Michigan City in the driver’s seat in the first half against Crown Point on Friday night.
But the Wolves still needed a little pick-me-up in the third quarter when Crown Point opened the second half on a 9-0 run.
That’s when senior Jameka Collins stepped up her game.
Collins got down and dirty underneath the basket picking up four rebounds and putting in five of her team-high 18 points. It ignited a 16-5 run in the third quarter helping her team to the easy 69-54 Duneland Conference win against the Bulldogs.
“The position I play is the most important so I have to get there to make the plays for my teammates,” Collins said. “We had to start it all over. It seemed like we took a rest so we just needed to get it going again.”
Michigan City (14-3, 9-2) was on fire from the field shooting as high as 80 percent at one point as it knocked down six 3’s in the first half. The Bulldogs couldn’t focus on one player either as Toni Murphy, Collins, Michal Miller and Aubria Clifton all finished in double figures for the Wolves.
“I think we came out playing the way we’re capable of and if we keep doing that we feel real good about where we thought we’d be around tournament time,” Wolves coach Mike Megyese said. “They came out strong in the third quarter but we were able to put our foot on the gas again and get out to a big lead.”
The Bulldogs (4-13, 2-9) started off the third quarter strong thanks to the ballhandling ability of freshman guard Hannah Albrecht and post play of junior Katija Tarailo. Albrecht finished with 12 points and four assists, while Tarailo recorded 12 points and eight rebounds.