Girls basketball: MC cruises past EC in Washington consolation game
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent December 29, 2012 11:38PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:51AM
SOUTH BEND — Michigan City coach Mike Megyese believes his team should have been in the South Bend Washington Holiday Classic final on Saturday. Instead, the Wolves played East Chicago Central for third place, cruising past the Cardinals 59-37.
He’ll be the first to admit his team did not play up to their ability in a loss to Penn on Friday,
“If we had played like we did today, we’d be playing against Washington (in the final),” Megyese said. “I thought we had more energy, we were passing better, we were more confident, our body movement was much better. That’s what I talked about at the gym this morning — ball movement.”
The Wolves had four girls in double figures, with Toni Murphy completing an outstanding tourney at 15 points. Jameka Collins added 11 and Michal Miller 17. Keshyana Cooper scored 12 points, and Megyese noted it was Cooper’s 13th straight double-double, as she also pulled down 15 rebounds.
Miller didn’t start, but led the team with 17, and Megyese said she perhaps had her best game this season.
“Miller stepped up,” Megyese said.
East Chicago (6-6) coach Eric Kundich said he asked his team to work inside to stop Cooper and her teammates.
“I thought we put an effort in rebounding against Cooper. She’s a difference maker in the middle, she posts up so strong,” he said. “She hit her free throws today (8 of 13) and that gave them a lift.”
City pulled ahead early, up 19-6 in the first quarter.
“One positive, the girls put up a little fight in the second quarter,” said Kundich, who saw his team cut the lead to seven at one point, before being down 34-21 at the half.
The Wolves slammed the door for good at the start of the third period, and finished up 49-31 going into the fourth quarter.
Dariyelle Ricks had 10 points for the Cardinals, while Tiajanay Hawkins added nine. Hawkins and Cooper were named to the all-tourney team.