Girls basketball: Portage shuts down Chesterton
By NICK NOCHEVICH Post-Tribune correspondent December 14, 2012 11:20PM
Updated: January 16, 2013 6:11AM
PORTAGE — Portage had been working on its defense all week long and the hard work showed on the court Friday, as the Indians’ pressure defense was dominant in a 44-27 win over conference rival Chesterton.
“We focused on defense this week and we were able to prevent Chesterton from moving the ball effectively as they normally do, which in turn opened up scoring opportunities for us,” Portage coach Chris Seibert said. “I am pleased with our team’s performance tonight.”
In addition to the solid defense, Portage (6-3, 4-2 DAC) got consistent scoring from Nicki Monahan (12 points), Alexis Johnson (10 Points) and Kaitlyn Steers (8 points).
The game was close throughout the first quarter as Chesterton kept within reach at 12-9. But the second quarter belonged to Portage as the Indians got two key 3-pointers from Monahan and Alyssa Tampier that seemed to open the game up for Portage. The Indians took a 28-17 lead into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same as the Portage defense was solid, holding Chesterton to a field goal and a free throw in the third quarter.
On offense, Portage’s Monahan didn’t have quite the night she is accustomed to, but got support from Johnson, who played a solid game in the middle. She made 5 of 9 shots in a physical game in the paint.
“It was rough down low tonight but I got some good looks at the basket, thanks to the passing of my teammate Hannah (Glos),” Johnson said. “Give her credit for her passing and the entire team for an all-around good performance.”
Chesterton (2-5, 1-5 DAC) played without one key player in Caroline Puntillo, who was out ill. The Trojans were led in scoring by Jocelyn Lipscomb with eight points.