Girls basketball: Hanover gets Porter County Conference Kup for first time in 4 years
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: January 2, 2013 6:13AM
CEDAR LAKE — The dismantling of the Porter County Conference Kup started between the third and fourth quarters.
About 15 minutes later, Hebron’s Bre Lewin handed it to Hanover’s Tiphani Ward after the host Wildcats dismantled the Hawks 67-36 on Friday night in the second half of a PCC boys-girls doubleheader on homecoming night.
It was also a homecoming for the Kup. The PCC’s girls traveling trophywas last in Hanover’s possession four years ago, when senior guard Blayr Poston was in eighth grade.
Hebron had earned the Kup after beating Boone Grove on Nov. 17. The Wolves held it since 2009.
Poston is usually the driving force behind most Hanover (4-2, 1-1 PCC) victories, and she did hit her lofty average of 22 points per game. But when she committed her second foul with about five minutes left in the second quarter, it was time for her teammates to step up.
Rylie Singleton hit a pair of 3-pointers to end the first half — her only two baskets in the contest. It was part of an 8-0 run in the final minute to give the Wildcats a 36-24 halftime lead.
“We’re playing better and better every game, which is what you want,” Hanover coach Doug Nelson said. “It’s a long year; we want to be playing our best in January.
“Ward stepped up and made some shots and Rylie is less than 12 months from ACL surgery. We’ve got some solid depth.”
Ward had a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter to put some distance between her team and the Hawks (4-2, 2-1) and put some distance between Hebron and the Kup that Nelson mentioned before the season as one of many goals for his squad.
Hebron only had the trophy for one PCC game, meaning the red and white paint job was still fresh when Hanover’s players likely started their own decoration minutes after the final buzzer.
“I don’t think we were as intense on defense and we had some slow rotations, so it’s back to the drawing board on Monday,” Hebron coach Stephanie Schulte said. “We weren’t able to capitalize (when Poston was out) and they had some players step up.”
Ward had 11 points for the Wildcats while Kristen Roper had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Bell led the Hawks with 10 points off the bench.