Girls basketball: Lindsay Kusbel helps Lake Central KO LaPorte
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent January 5, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:51AM
ST. JOHN — Lindsay Kusbel is quiet and unassuming.
Lake Central’s sophomore prefers to let her actions do the talking, and during Saturday’s 54-38 Duneland Conference win over LaPorte, Kusbel’s play spoke volumes.
The 5-foot-11 center recorded a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) leading the Indians (8-6, 6-3) to their second DAC win in less than 48 hours.
“I think I had a good game,” Kusbel said. “My teammates did a good job of passing to me down low, so I’m glad about that. I think were jelling together, getting closer and trusting each other more. I just feel we’re going to take off now.”
One thing Kusbel wasn’t glad about was the absence of player introductions.
“When they didn’t announce the starters’ names, it kind of upset me a little bit,” Kusbel said. “I knew we needed some energy. I felt like that was what got me going.”
Kusbel gave LaPorte (9-4, 5-4) fits with seven points and six boards the first quarter.
“Lindsay had a really nice game for us,” LC coach Marc Urban said. “She had a double-double, yet was quiet about it — she just produces. She’s really been making strides for us. We’re hoping that continues.”
Kusbel isn’t the only LC sophomore making strides. Guard Tara Zlotkowski scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second half as LC overcame a 23-19 third-quarter deficit.
Senior Jessica Bell (11 points, 9 rebounds) also came up big as LC outscored LaPorte in the final period, 24-12.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Urban said. “Coming off a big win like Michigan City with a young team, the next one is always scary. I thought our kids responded extremely well in the second half.”
LaPorte coach Skeeter Heath didn’t like his team’s second half.
“Before the game I wrote on the chalkboard: ‘Are we tough enough to beat Lake Central, because Lake Central plays tough,’ he said. “We were tough enough the first half, but not the second. They beat us up inside. We played horrible post defense and got beat on the boards. We didn’t compete very well second half and I’m very, very disappointed.”
Sophomore guard Jaclyn Heath scored 16 points for LaPorte.