Girls basketball: Noll wears down Hebron
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent December 12, 2012 11:00PM
Bishop Noll's Brenda Pennington goes through Hebron's Madison Bell and Emily DeFries to the basket in the second quarter Wednesday evening at Bishop Noll High School.. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2013 7:32AM
HAMMOND — Bishop Noll’s Naomi House feels comfortable outside the 3-point line and she showed that once again Wednesday in the Warriors’ impressive 62-49 win over Hebron.
“I feel very comfortable shooting 3-point shots,” House said. “And my teammates move the ball well, which opens up shot opportunities for me and I am able to make them.”
House led the charge with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting, including five 3-pointers. That, coupled with the solid play of Brenda Pennington, Asya Hobbs, and Tori Keilman allowed Noll to overcome an early deficit to improve its record to 8-1 on the season.
Hebron came out strong and took charge of the game with a solid offensive attack, led by Bre Lewin. She led all scorers with 24 points.
Hebron drove to the basket throughout the first quarter and took a 15-10 lead after one.
In the second quarter, Bishop Noll stepped up, offensively and defensively, thanks in part to the play of Pennington and House. Pennington was instrumental in creating turnovers and assists and House was the recipient of those assists, scoring 11 of her team’s 20 points in the quarter. Noll took the lead late in the quarter and went into the locker room with a 30-27 advantage.
Hebron showed some intensity to start the second half and cut the lead to two, but Noll was up for the challenge and opened things up for good to cruise to the nonconference win.
“We started out slow again but our girls picked up their intensity in the second quarter and kept things going through the rest of the game,” Noll coach Vanita Gary said. “House shot well but I believe Asya Hobbs was key on the boards for us.”
Hebron (5-3) could not match the speed and pressure applied by Noll.
“We came out and executed our game plan early but swayed away from it in the second quarter,” Hebron coach Stephanie Schulte said. “They are a very good team and we will learn from this game and continue to improve.”