Girls basketball: Lowell pulls away for win against Hobart
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent January 12, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 7:02AM
HOBART — Hunter Jusevitch was deadly from 3 on Saturday night.
And the Lowell sophomore’s buzzer-beater to end the third quarter was the nail in the coffin against the host Brickies.
Still, she said she could have played a lot better.
A team-high 16 points isn’t a bad night, though, especially when it gives your team a 44-27 victory over Northwest Crossroads Conference rival Hobart on the road.
“I missed too many shots,” said Jusevitch, who made three 3s total in the contest. “That (buzzer-beater) was big but I couldn’t have done it without Katie (Bobos) making a great pass to draw all the defenders. My job was simply catch, step and shoot.”
She may not think she has that three-step process down but Jusevitch sure looked the part on Saturday and the Devils are going to need her with center Mackenzie Kreutz out with an ankle injury.
So if the offense struggles, the defense is going to have to step it up. And did it ever do that against Hobart.
The Red Devils (12-2, 5-0) held the Brickies (13-5, 5-1) to eight points in the second half. Even more impressive was the fact that Lowell didn’t allow a field goal over the last 11 minutes of the game.
Hobart’s Autumn Beal cut the Lowell lead down to 26-25 following a steal and basket midway through the third quarter. After that, Lowell outscored the Brickies 18-2 the rest of the way.
What was the difference?
“We were able to pressure a lot more,” Lowell coach Matt Welsh said. “Hobart is a good team and we knew they were capable of a run so I thought changing to a zone towards the end of the third would pose problems for them. We are primarily a man-to-man team.”
Hobart also played without point guard Grayce Roach, who sat on the bench with her left hand wrapped. That hurt the Brickies offensively, too.
“I know they really miss Roach over there,” Welsh said. “We know what they are going through missing one of our stars. But it’s really tough when your point guard goes out.”
Bobos finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Carley Austgen contributed 11 points and six rebounds.
Hobart was led by Beal, who tallied 10 points and three steals.