Girls basketball: Grayce Roach helps Brickies roll past CP
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent December 19, 2012 12:02AM
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:32AM
CROWN POINT — By her own admission, Hobart’s Grayce Roach was merely getting her groove back.
The junior guard hit a variety of shots and scored a season-high 19 points in the Brickies’ 47-33 nonconference victory over Crown Point Tuesday night.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now,” Roach said. “I got off to a slow start this season. I usually do. It’s a bad habit — one I’d like to break. I’m getting back into my groove now, though. I’m back in it and feeling more comfortable.”
Roach said she entered the game hoping to play well overall.
“I wanted to get the little things out of the way that I’ve been messing up on lately — like blocking out, going harder on defense and being more aggressive on offense. I felt I did that tonight.”
The Brickies (9-2) opened up a 17-8 lead after one quarter after draining a trio of 3-point baskets in the first quarter against CP’s zone defense.
“Mainly, at the beginning of the game, we were thinking about that zone and we really didn’t think a lot about the inside game, but eventually, we got that.”
Hobart coach Mike Hamacher was pleased with the road win.
“I hoped they learned that they do need to play a balanced game and play inside and out,” he said.
Hamacher liked Roach’s overall game against the Bulldogs (3-9).
“I thought she had a nice balanced game tonight,” he said. “She hit a few outside shots, took the ball to the basket and finished and even posted up a couple times.
“Sometimes, Grayce’s selfish to a fault. I thought tonight she did a good job of picking her spots and she was able to take control and take the game over a little bit. She’s very versatile. We’ve been trying to get her to realize the talent she has and be a little bit more aggressive on offense.”
Crown Point coach Annie Equihua was disappointed with the outcome.
“We played terrible,” she said. “Hobart played great and is a really good team. Their coach does a really nice job with them. On the other hand, we looked like we hadn’t played for a while.
“Our offense looked stagnant tonight. We weren’t aggressive enough offensively. We weren’t attacking the basket and we weren’t hitting our open shots.”
The Bulldogs played without Taylor Equihua, who was out with the flu.
Hobart’s Autumn Beal sat out the game as a precautionary measure with some bumps and bruises.