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Girls basketball: Pirates roll over Andrean

Updated: December 12, 2012 6:50AM



MERRILLVILLE — Speed. Size. Athleticism.

All deadly weapons when you have the advantage in all three categories over your opponent.

It’s pretty easy to see why Merrillville dominated Andrean from start to finish in a 60-27 win in the Battle of Broadway on Saturday night.

It was the Pirates ninth straight victory in the series. The last time the 59ers defeated Merrillville was Jan. 22, 2002.

The Pirates scored the game’s first 13 points driving to the basket with ease to jump-start their lead. But Merrillville’s offense ran out of steam during parts of the first half as the team started airing it out from the 3-point line. The Pirates were just 1-for-14 from long range in the first half and kept Andrean hanging around as it led 29-16 at halftime.

Merrillville coach Amy Govert said her team needs to take advantage of its speed rather than shoot from 20 feet out.

“The effort is there but we have to keep getting better every game,” she said. “I think we took a step back from last game (a win over Highland). We made too many mistakes with unforced turnovers and fouling 30 feet from the free throw line.

“We have to get them to understand the game better. We have to realize what we’re good at and keep attacking the rim instead of shooting from the outside.”

Merrillville (2-0) extended the lead to 44-24 after three quarters as six different players scored in the frame. Three players finished in double figures overall as Dariyan Morris led the way with 12 points and Jaz Talley and A.J. Downs had 10 points each. Victoria Gaines added nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

Andrean coach Tony Scheub, who served as an assistant coach at Griffith for nine years before leading Culver the past two seasons, returned to his alma mater to turn around a team that finished 3-18 last season. It wasn’t the most ideal opener but he was proud of his team’s effort.

“They welcomed me back to the region nicely,” Scheub said of his team opening with Merrillville. “They are a quick and athletic team. They went on a few 10-0 and 12-0 runs that kind of just wore us down.

“We don’t take moral victories with a loss but I told them I was proud of their effort and I’m looking forward to get back to the practice on Monday.”

Brenna Boyle led the way for the 59ers (0-1) with nine points and three assists, while Madison Lesch had eight points and six rebounds.



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