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Girls basketball: Brickies crank up pressure in second half of win at EC

Updated: December 9, 2012 7:47PM



EAST CHICAGO — A smothering full-court press keyed a second-half rally by Hobart as the Brickies captured a 47-38 victory over East Chicago Central in the season opener for both teams.

“That’s something that we want to be able to do, and we’ve got a group of kids capable of an up-tempo game like that,” Hobart coach Mike Hamacher said. “I just didn’t feel like we’re ready to do it for four quarters this early in the season.”

The Brickies applied the press to start the third quarter, and turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 35-32 lead to start the fourth quarter. Hobart’s defense was even tougher in the final period, preventing the Cardinals from hitting a field goal until the 2:37 mark.

Junior guard Autumn Beal led the Brickies’ pressure with four steals in the second half to go along with her game-high 14 points.

“As a team, I think we really came through on defense,” said Beal, who added that she has her eye on the school record for steals in a season. “We wanted to show everyone what we’re about this year.”

It was Hobart’s offense, led by Morgan Flaharty, that shined in the game’s opening minutes. Flaharty scored eight points in the first quarter, leading the Brickies to an early 13-3 lead.

But as the first period closed, East Chicago narrowed the gap with a 7-0 run.

That roll continued into the second quarter, as the Cardinals took a 19-15 lead midway through the second quarter on their way to a 21-19 halftime advantage.

“We’ve got some girls that can take their defender off the dribble,” said East Chicago coach Eric Kundich. “We were able to slow down, spread them out, get to the basket and get good shots. But we didn’t do that enough in the second half because of their press.”

Dariyelle Ricks finished with 13 points to lead a shorthanded Cardinals squad.



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