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Girls basketball: Chesterton pulls away to rout Valparaiso

Updated: January 23, 2013 6:13AM



CHESTERTON — After one quarter, a lone point separated Valparaiso and Chesterton. But after the second quarter — and for the rest of the game — it was a considerably bigger difference.

The Trojans outscored the Vikings 16-4 in the second quarter, including a stretch of 13 unanswered points, and then coasted in the second half on their way to a 56-30 victory.

“They played very balanced; very unselfish,” said Chesterton (3-5, 2-5 DAC) head coach Jack Campbell, who called this performance the Trojans’ best game of the year. “We tried to run some special plays here and there but some of it was just our kids stepping open and then passing the ball to that open player.”

Chesterton hit on 54 percent of its field goal attempts (22-for-41), with many of those baskets coming on layups either in transition or at the end of crisp passing plays.

“We just made baskets.,” Campbell said. “We don’t have a lot of size so we have to shoot the ball well.”

Valparaiso’s (2-10, 0-7 DAC) offensive struggles continued against its DAC rivals. The Vikings entered the game scoring 36.9 points per game and failed to reach that mark because of 34 percent shooting (11-for-32) and 23 turnovers.

“We had 11 points in the first quarter and 19 the rest of the way,” said Valparaiso coach Jeanette Gray. “You’re not going to win when you do that. Chesterton did more things right than we did tonight; you have to give them a lot of credit.”

Chesterton’s well-rounded attack was led by 13 points from Caroline Puntillo, but she had plenty of help on the score sheet. Six different Trojans scored at least five points in the game, helping Chesterton maintain a double-digit lead for the entire second half.

Yasmin Carrillo was the leading scorer for Valparaiso with eight points.



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