Girls basketball: Gina Rubino keys Lake Central’s win
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent November 27, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:32AM
ST. JOHN — Whatever Munster taketh away, Lake Central guard Gina Rubino giveth back — and then some.
The 5-foot-4 sophomore guard buried five 3-point baskets — three in the fourth quarter after the Mustangs cut a 15-point halftime deficit to only seven points — leading the Indians to a 45-27 win over Munster Tuesday night.
With Munster doing a good job of taking LC senior Jessica Bell away inside, Rubino took advantage from the outside by draining five of seven 3-point attempts.
“When I made the first one, it felt good coming off my hands,” said Rubino, who scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the final period. I felt confident putting up those shots and it was helping us keep the lead.”
Munster (2-4) had taken advantage of seven LC turnovers in the third quarter to outscore the Indians, 14-6, and trailed 29-22 entering the final period.
That’s when Rubino, who hit two treys in the first quarter, nailed consecutive 3-pointers again to give LC a 35-22 lead with just over 51/2 minutes left.
“They (threes) were huge after they (Mustangs) did a nice job of cutting the lead down,” Urban said. “Gina’s threes kind of jump-started it for us, because they did a good job of taking Bell away tonight.”
Rubino noted that LC head coach Marc Urban had been telling her in practice to run outside the 3-point line and be in her shooting stance ready to pull the trigger.
“I have to be ready to shoot,” she said. “When I’m in my stance, that’s when I feel like I can hit (my shots) the best.”
Urban said Rubino’s 3-point shooting was big.
“With a lot of our girls, it’s a lot of shot prep,” he said. “When that happens, we’ve got a lot of really good shooters.”
With Bell scoring only five points, someone needed to deliver with clutch shooting.
“When they take (Bell) away, we’re all picking up our shots,” Rubino said. “A lot of teams look to try and shut her down first, and it helps when we’re hitting our outside shots to back her up.”
With Rubino spotting up for her treys, the Mustangs, who made only 2 of 18 shots in the first half and just 9 of 33 overall, were in trouble.
“We just can’t shoot as badly as we did, especially in the first half,” Munster coach Matt Backs said. Lindsay Kusbel have seven points, eight rebounds and two steals for LC.
Jordan Cole led Munster with 13 points, while Jennifer Allen added nine.