Girls basketball: Portage nets road win at Hobart
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent November 27, 2012 11:26PM
Portage's Kaitlin Doud goes after the loose ball with Hobart's Autumn Beal and Cailin Trezak in the second quarter at Hobart High School Tuesday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:30AM
HOBART — The Brickies were looking to protect their home court.
Nicki Monahan had other ideas.
The senior guard from Portage led her team to a 51-42 victory in hostile territory. Monahan led all scorers with 21 points on 9 of 11 shooting.
“Well, the Merrillville game (last week) was rough, so we wanted to get the job done tonight,” Monahan said.
Her coach wasn’t surprised by his standout player’s effort.
“Nicki didn’t settle tonight and when she did shoot, she took high-percentage shots,” Portage head coach Chris Seibert said.
Monahan is quiet on the court, letting her play speak for itself.
“She leads by example,” Seibert said. “Our biggest thing that we’ve talked about all year is finding offensive balance. In the past it’s been Nicki and only Nicki scoring, so the more balance we can get the harder it is for other teams to guard us.”
The Indians (4-1, 1-1 DAC) had seven different players score on Tuesday night. Sophomore forward Kaitlin Doud emerged as Portage’s secondary option, scoring 12 points including nine in the fourth quarter on 4 of 4 shooting.
Hobart (5-2, 1-0 NCC) managed to hang around most of the night, but just couldn’t get the ball in the basket consistently. The Brickies shot a woeful 2 of 20 from beyond the arc and only 15 of 39 overall (38 percent). However, the Brickies did have two players reach double figures with junior Zoe Wilson and junior Morgan Flaharty scoring 15 points each.
Portage controlled the game on defense as well, forcing the Brickies into 14 turnovers.
“The key is communication and we did a very good job of communicating tonight,” Seibert said.
Seibert added that playing smarter was the difference.
“When we did go for steals, we actually got them tonight instead of being overly aggressive like we were in the previous game against Merrillville,” he said.