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Girls basketball: Blayr Poston returns to help Hanover keep PCC Kup

Updated: February 7, 2013 6:50AM



VALPARAISO — Coming off holiday break it would have been really easy for Doug Nelson’s Hanover Central team to come out flat in enemy territory Saturday afternoon.

But that’s not what happened as the Wildcats cruised to a 51-35 victory over Morgan Township in Porter County Conference play to keep possession of the traveling PCC Kup.

“We tried to emphasize coming over here to Morgan Township, not because it was a trap game necessarily, but more of a trap situation,” Nelson said. “These Saturday afternoon games are kind of hard to get fired up for and you have a tendency to fall asleep and that’s why we wanted to come out and take it to them instead of the other way around.”

The Wildcats (8-4, 2-1 PCC) jumped out to a 14-4 first quarter lead and never looked back. Sophomore Hannah Blue helped set the tone scoring seven of her 10 points in the opening quarter.

In her first game back following a wrist injury, senior Blayr Poston led Hanover Central with 14 points which included 8-10 shooting from the charity stripe.

Free throws were the difference as the Wildcats were 20 of 29 (69 percent) at the line against the Cherokees’ 25 percent.

“We’ve talked about getting to the free throw line all season,” Nelson said. “In the past, we we’re getting lazy and settling for the outside shot but today we did a better job of attacking and getting to the basket.”

Morgan Township (6-8, 1-3 PCC) struggled to score, shooting only 36 percent on 16 of 45 from the field. The lone bright spot for the Cherokees was junior Trina Coleman, who had a game-high 16 points.

Nelson praised sophomore guard Frankie Turturillo’s development throughout this season.

“She getting better and better at setting the tempo and controlling this offense to do what we want it to do,” he said.



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