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Girls basketball: Aysa Hobbs lifts Noll over Wheeler

Wheeler's Allie Hellwege tries keep control ball despite pressure from Bishop Noll's ElenSobilo as Noll hosts Wheeler Hammond Ind. Friday

Wheeler's Allie Hellwege tries to keep control of the ball despite pressure from Bishop Noll's Elena Sobilo as Noll hosts Wheeler in Hammond, Ind. Friday December 14, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 16, 2013 6:11AM



HAMMOND — Bishop Noll junior forward Aysa Hobbs sat on the edge of her seat waiting for the chance to get back in the ballgame.

Hobbs, who was sitting with four fouls to start the fourth quarter, watched her team fall behind by six points to Wheeler with five minutes to play and her team’s undefeated home record on the line.

So when Warriors coach Vanita Gary called her name she knew it was go time.

Hobbs scored six of her eight points in the final five minutes to spark a 13-2 run as the Warriors improved to 5-0 in the Greater South Shore Conference with a 55-51 win over the defending champion Bearcats.

Freshman Naomi House (17 points) was also huge down the stretch scoring seven points in the fourth quarter — including a huge 3-pointer with 1:43 left giving her team a 53-48 advantage.

Wheeler coach Dustin Nelson said the Warriors did everything right at the end to pull out the victory. It was the first time Noll (9-1) beat Wheeler (3-5, 3-1) since sectionals in 2009.

“They executed down the stretch,” Nelson said. “They did exactly what you’re supposed to do at the end of the game. They drew fouls, they finished up around the basket, they created turnovers; they’re a good team and their record indicates that.”

Things briefly looked bleak for the Warriors when Wheeler phenom Nickole Finch, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, knocked down a 3 with five minutes remaining giving her team a 46-40 advantage.

But freshman Brenda Pennington (12 points) put the team on her back, recording six points and two steals to get her team back to break-even. House and Hobbs took over from there.

“I think this (win) shows we have heart and we’re learning to work together better and we recognize our individual roles,” Gary said.

Hobbs said she wanted to do everything in her power to finally beat Wheeler.

“We wanted to defend our home court so we had to find our adrenaline and our momentum to get us back in the game,” she said. “We haven’t beat Wheeler since I’ve been here so this was a moment we needed to help us for the rest of the season.”



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