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Girls basketball: Hobart shuts down Munster

Updated: January 2, 2013 6:13AM



HOBART — It was what you might have expected when you match up a team that is without one of its leading scorers and whose coach admits it doesn’t shoot the ball very well against one of the best defensive teams in the area.

Hobart held Munster without a field goal in the second half while forcing the Mustangs into 17 turnovers in the Brickies’ 52-33 win to end their two-game losing streak.

Zoe Wilson came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points, while guard Grayce Roach added eight points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

“We’ve been pushing it in practice after our last couple of games and we’ve been making that our base,” Roach said. “We tried to play tough defense the entire game.”

Roach may have been half right on this one.

Munster, playing without guard Anika Gasich because of an early season knee injury, got off to a good start and trailed 27-21 at the half before the Brickies (7-2) held the Mustangs to 12 free throws in the second half. The final two quarters were much kinder to Wilson with the 6-foot sophomore scoring 12 of her points in the second half.

“We’ve been working a lot on our defense but we’ve played eight games in the 21 days,” said Hobart coach Mike Hamacher, who credits first-year assistant Ken Markfull for his team’s defensive success this season. “I told the kids that we didn’t have to be pretty but we had to grind it out to win tonight.”

They grinded so much that Roach and Autumn Beal both fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“We might have been a little too aggressive toward the end of the game,” Roach said with a smile.

It’s been a grind for the Mustangs (2-5) who have lost four in a row with a young team (eight players who are either freshmen or sophomores)still trying to find their way as well as the basket.

“We just don’t shoot the ball very well,” Munster coach Matt Backs said.

Jennifer Allen had 11 points for the Mustangs while Jordan Cole added nine.



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