Girls basketball: Trio leads KV past North Judson
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent January 3, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:41AM
WHEATFIELD — Often, hard work and extra effort can make a big difference in a high school basketball game. Thursday, it was Kankakee Valley’s Ashley Norberg, Breanna Tappen and Lauren Stokes who led their team to a 67-47 win over North Judson.
The win puts the Kougars at 10-3 going into tonight’s Northwest Crossroads Conference game against a solid Griffith squad, while North Judson drops to 9-3.
Norberg had an outstanding night, scoring 18 points and pulling away 11 rebounds. She was simply dominating against a North Judson team that is led by Jordann Frasure, who is averaging close to 20 rebounds a game, and almost as many points. The Kougars held the Bluejays star to just 11 points and seven rebounds.
Credit a lot of that to Toppen, a freshman who plays like a veteran. She scored 10 points, and was a defensive star.
Over the summer, Toppen convinced KV coach Ryan Myers she was ready for varsity.
“It took her six or seven games, but she is getting used to the speed of a varsity game,” said Myers. “We put her on Frasure tonight, and she did a great job. She was able to stop her, or force her into double teams.”
Bluejays assistant Diane Trusty, who subbed for coach Deb Bolen (who is recovering from minor surgery) pointed to Norberg as a big factor.
“We couldn’t stop her shots,” Trusty said. “She just elevates so high, and with her inside, we were getting no rebounds.”
Stokes may be the Kougars point guard, but she helps inside also. Besides scoring 10 points, she pulled down 11 rebounds.
“She jumps out of the gym,” Myers said. “She is a high energy player, she plays hard.
The Kougars also got 12 points out of junior Bethany Jansma. North Judson was led by Frasure with 14 points.