Girls basketball: Boone survives scare in sectional semifinal
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 8, 2013 9:20PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:48AM
HEBRON — The high energy displayed by Boone Grove in the first semifinal of Friday’s Class 2A Hebron Sectional made it seem more like a hockey game than girls basketball.
Every pass by Winamac was contested.
Every shot had a hand in the shooter’s face.
Every rebound fought for, and a large majority won by the Wolves.
And for 28 minutes, Boone Grove was in complete control. Those last four minutes were enough to scare the Wolves before they hung on for a 46-43 victory.
“Yeah, I was a little scared,” Boone senior Paige Aguilera said.
The Wolves (16-6) advance to Saturday’s championship to face Rochester, which defeated North Judson 44-41 in Friday’s second semifinal game.
Aguilera was the prime instigator in causing chaos on the Winamac side. She posted a triple-double, and almost had a quadruple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and seven assists. She also had three of her trademark kicked balls, demonstrating her soccer acumen.
“I’ve always been that way — I go as hard as I can,” she said. “We only play for an hour and a half. I can rest after the game. I hate when a sub comes in for me — can’t stand it.”
And the Wolves needed every minute of her high energy. The Warriors committed 16 turnovers in the first three quarters, leading to as much as a 13-point lead for Boone.
But Winamac put on a furious comeback in the final minutes, finishing the game on a 15-3 run that included three 3-pointers.
“We did a really good job until the end,” Boone coach Candy Wilson said. “I think we got fatigued and when that happens you do silly things. We did a poor job (at the end) getting out to their shooters. They’re nails on 3s.”
That’s an understatement. Winamac (16-6) had 24 attempts from 3-point range, making nine of them, while only making three two-point baskets in the game. Jessica Schramm led Winamac with 16 points on five 3-pointers. She had one last attempt from long range with 1.7 seconds left to tie the game, but she was fouled and it was determined her foot was on the line. Instead of three free throws, she got two and missed the first one.
Nicole Malouhos added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Three of her baskets came on offensive rebounds.
“Coach always tells me to rebound, rebound, rebound and everything else falls into place,” Malouhos said.