Girls basketball: Michigan City rolls past Lake Central in DAC opener
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent November 16, 2012 11:36PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:45PM
MICHIGAN CITY — It didn’t take long for the Wolves Den to erupt as Michigan City exploded for 27 first-quarter points Friday night against Lake Central. The Wolves (2-0, 1-0 DAC) cruised to a 72-42 victory to open up conference play.
Michigan City was led by a trio of seniors. Guard Toni Murphy scored 16 points to go along with her four rebounds and five steals. Both center Keshyana Cooper (20 points and 14 rebounds) and Jameka Collins (10 points and 13 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.
“Cooper was the one player we felt played a full four quarters,” MC coach Mike Megyese said.
Normally a 27-5 first quarter run would be cause for celebration for a head coach, but that wasn’t the case with Megyese.
“I think that was the worst thing that could have happened to us. I thought we got a little complacent and didn’t have as much energy as I’d like to,” Megyese said.
The Indians (1-3, 0-1 DAC) trailed all night but played well in spurts. Coming out of halftime trailing by 24, Lake Central got a boost from 6-0 center Jessica Delbovo (12 points and 4 rebounds). The senior scored eight of Indians’ 18 third-quarter points. In addition to Delbovo, sophomore guard Tara Zlotkowski poured in 12 points and brought down five boards.
Michigan City pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring LC 18-8 to secure the 30-point victory. Fans packed the gym to see the Wolves play at home for the first time this season. With the clock winding down, the Wolves student section broke out in a “Just like football” chant.
Megyese wasn’t totally satisfied saying
“I felt we only played 20 good minutes out of 32, and that’s not acceptable,” he said. “We’re going to win a lot of games but to accomplish that we need to play 32 quality minutes.”