Girls basketball: Munster gets win without its top scorer
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent November 19, 2012 11:20PM
Updated: December 21, 2012 6:26AM
Munster — Like the Bears vs. 49ers, Bowman Academy and Munster were without their key players on Monday night, so it created an uncertainty of who would come out the winner. But Munster (2-1) found their backup in Bernadette Grabowski and ran away with a 58-43 win.
Bowman’s Joshlynn King has not been able to play yet due to an injury and Munster’s leading scorer Anika Gasich went down as well, — both having knee injuries — creating the need for someone else to step up for each squad.
At first it was Bowman led by point guard Diamond Harvey (16 points) as she was able to slash to the basket and create scoring opportunities for the Eagles. But Munster stayed stride for stride on the shooting of Grabowski, who led all scorers with 23 points, but was quick to give credit to the entire team.
“Knowing that Anika was out, we all knew we would have to step it up and play as a team and we were able to come together in the second quarter and take control of the game against a good Bowman team,” she said.
Both teams traded the lead through the first quarter, but with two minutes left Munster took the lead for good. Bowman made several attempts and got within a point, but Munster turned them away by capping short runs.
Bowman (0-3) made a charge at the end of the second quarter cutting the lead to three.
But in the second half, it was all Munster as they were able to apply pressure on the Bowman ball handlers and capitalize scoring opportunites in the paint, which sealed the game for the Mustangs.
“We played well but are continuing to learn and improve and tonight we played a physical, young, talented Bowman team, Munster coach Matt Backs said. “We’ll take the win and learn from it as we continue to work on improving early in the season.”