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Girls basketball: Slicers keep Indians in check

Updated: January 13, 2013 11:15AM



LAPORTE — Slicers coach Skeeter Heath knew his team would have to defend well against Portage senior Nicki Monahan. That’s exactly what his team did as LaPorte (7-2, 3-2 DAC) defeated Portage 49-40 on Tuesday.

The Slicers kept Monahan (14 points on 6 of 16 shooting) off balance all night by switching defenses throughout the game.

“To be honest, we did not plan on playing that much zone but our man-to-man wasn’t very good the first three minutes so we made the change,” said Heath.

After the Indians made some adjustments at halftime, LaPorte switched back to man-to-man.

“Credit Maddie for the way she played tonight,” Heath said of junior guard Maddie Voelker. “She’s not going to show up in tonight’s box score but she had a tremendous impact on the game tonight with the way she defended Monahan.”

LaPorte got a big boost on offense from sophomore forward Delanie Alcorn, who led the team in scoring with 17 (including four baskets from behind the 3-point arc).

“It was nice to see her get her touch back and gain some confidence because she’s been shooting well in practice but the last couple weeks, she’s struggled offensively,” said Heath.

Alcorn’s sharpshooting opened things up inside for the Slicers. Kelsey Gushrowski poured in 11 points while Taylor Thompson scored eight.

The Indians (5-3, 2-3 DAC) struggled, shooting 36 percent (17 for 47).

With Monahan blanketed for most of the night, Portage turned to sophomore Kaitlin Doud for offense. Doud reached double figures with 13 points but shot 38 percent on 5 of 13 shooting. The inefficient shooting led to a lot of Slicers fast breaks.

“We didn’t allow too many second-chance baskets, which really helped us out going the other way,” said Heath.



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