Girls basketball: Rebounding edge leads to Boone Grove win
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent December 6, 2012 11:22PM
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:28AM
VALPARAISO —Dominating the rebound battle turned into a dominant victory for Boone Grove, which rolled to a 51-32 win over Bowman Academy (0-4) on Thursday.
“As long as we boxed them out and only gave them one chance, we had a pretty good shot at winning,” said Boone Grove (4-3) head coach Candi Wilson. “The girls did a nice job of executing that.”
The Wolves held a 35-14 advantage in rebounds, led by nine boards apiece from Paige Aguilera and Nicole Malouhos. Aguilera also led all scorers with 18 points.
“We all had to step it up from last year’s performance against Bowman,” said Aguilera, referring to last year’s 58-44 loss to the Eagles. “We just wanted to come back and beat them, and I wanted to take that role for the team and lead us to victory.”
Bowman’s presence inside was hurt by the absence of center Joshlynn King. Eagles’ head coach Janora Holmes said she was held out because of “in-house issues” and in an attempt to “groom some character.”
Boone Grove outscored Bowman 14-7 in each of the first two quarters while never trailing for the duration of the game. Bowman’s offense committed 14 turnovers in the first half, including 10 in the first eight minutes alone.
“Turnovers are killing us,” said Holmes. “We have a young team. They’re used to these long, air passes, and we’re trying to condition them to make the pass one man away and to make smart passes on the floor.”
Boone Grove’s execution was far from flawless, as the Wolves racked up five turnovers in each of the first two periods. Free throws helped the Wolves build a 14-point halftime lead, however, as Boone Grove went 11-for-15 in the first half, including a perfect 6-for-6 in the second.
Entering the third quarter with a double-digit lead, the Wolves ran away from the Eagles in the third quarter with a 16-3 run.