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Girls basketball: Hobart’s defense stops Griffith

Hobart's Morgan Flaharty (right) blocks shot Griffith's Sammi Adams first quarter play during their game held Griffith High School Friday

Hobart's Morgan Flaharty (right) blocks the shot of Griffith's Sammi Adams in the first quarter of play during their game held at Griffith High School on Friday November 16, 2012. | Charles Mitchell For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:45PM



GRIFFITH — Hobart’s Morgan Flaharty didn’t even consider missing her team’s Northwest Crossroads Conference game against Griffith.

Despite suffering from a painful turf toe injury, the 6-foot junior’s play helped the Brickies (4-0,1-0) give the Panthers (2-2, 1-1) a good swift kick.

Flaharty, whose six baskets were one more than Griffith managed the entire game, scored a game-high 14 points and blocked three shots in the Brickies’ lopsided 36-20 win Friday night.

“I knew I had to play. It was our first conference game, so I just taped it up and sucked it up,’’ Flaharty smiled. “I was just really excited for the game. The blocks got me pumped up and excited and they got my team fired-up and excited, too.’’

Hobart’s interior defense — with Flaharty and senior Caitlin Leath (six points, three blocked shots) — helped hold the Panthers without a field goal for a span of more than 21/2 periods — from near the end of the first quarter until 4:04 remained in the game.

“Our defense was outstanding tonight,’’ Flaharty said. “We’ve been practicing it a lot. We just wanted to come out here today and prove people wrong. We’d been hearing and read a quote in the newspaper about how we’re not that good. That we haven’t really played anybody good and that our defense isn’t as good as in the past. We heard people saying Griffith’s defense was better.’’

To Flaharty and her teammates, it provided further motivation and fired the team up.

“It was the best defense we’ve seen them play in practice and in games,’’ Hobart coach Mike Hamacher said.

Hamacher loved the way his players got after the Panthers defensively.

“Our post players were a lot more active on the defensive end of the floor than they usually are,’’ he said. “I think they were definitely motivated, because they want to be respected as a good team in the area.’’

Griffith played without defensive stopper, Taylor Austin, who was competing in an all-star cross country meet out of town. Another Panthers starter, Alyssa Gebo, missed her fourth straight game with a knee injury.

“It hurt us not having her (Austin) tonight, but we should still be able to execute offensively without here on the floor,’’ Panthers coach Tom Golumbeck said. “Having her would have helped, but you have to be able to play with the kids you’ve got, and we didn’t get the job done. Give Hobart a lot of credit, though. They played very good defense.

“We didn’t execute very well tonight — and that’s a very good defensive team. Until we start executing better and getting a lot of those things (fundamentals) worked out, we’re not going to beat a very good team, and we’re going to struggle.’’

Senior guard Sammi Adams had 11 points to lead Griffith.



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