Girls basketball: Michigan City withstands Chesterton’s rally
By STEVE T. GORCHES 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org December 7, 2012 11:34PM
Michigan City's Toni Murphy goes the basket with Chesterton's Kassidy Scott defending in the second quarter Friday night at Chesterton High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:12AM
CHESTERTON — At the end of the third quarter, the Chesterton band played the theme from Mission Impossible.
Through three quarters, that’s how it must’ve felt for the Trojans as the Michigan City girls were cruising on full throttle, leading by as much as 30.
Then the home team woke up in the final eight minutes, but it was too little, too late as the Wolves held off the Trojans 61-48 in the Duneland Conference matchup on Friday night.
“The final score doesn’t bother me that much,” Michigan City coach Mike Megyese said. “We dominated for two and a half quarters. I was not happy with the way we finished. (Chesterton) had more effort than us in the fourth quarter.
“The shots fell for them; (Chesterton coach Jack Campbell’s) kids never quit and that’s a credit to him.”
For three quarters, though, the shots fell for the Wolves (6-0, 4-0 DAC), sometimes at a frenetic pace.
After the Trojans (2-3, 0-3) took a 7-5 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter, Michigan City went on a 22-0 run during a nearly nine-minute stretch, ending with a basket from Chesterton’s Caroline Puntillo with 4:08 left in the half. It was one of only three field goals made by the Trojans in the first half.
“We lost the ballgame in the first half,” Campbell said. “We had good shots (in the first half) and some easy layups that we missed.”
The hosts also were badly out-rebounded by the Wolves. The final tally was a 41-25 advantage on the boards by MC, but it was 30-12 in the first half. In fact, Keshyana Cooper almost had as many as the Trojans herself with 11 in the first two periods. She finished with 17 to go with 14 points and three blocked shots. She also hit her first eight free throws.
But it was Toni Murphy who impressed Megyese the most with regular point guard Mikal Miller out with a wrist injury.
“Down our point guard tonight, Murphy came out of a mini-slump for her,” Megyese said. “She played well on both ends of the court.”
Murphy finished with a game-high 25 points — 18 of them coming in the second and third quarters — to go with 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Megyese knows the effort has to be better down the stretch in City’s next game on Tuesday at Merrillville — a matchup of the region’s top two teams and a pair of state-ranked squads.
“We got complacent (tonight) and we can’t do that,” he said. “We’ve got to play hard for all four quarters against Merrillville.”