Girls basketball: Pirates save best for last, top Brickies
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 11:48PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:39AM
HOBART — Merrillville went on a 21-10 fourth-quarter run to break open a 47-41 game at the end of three quarters and cruised to a 68-51 win Tuesday night.
The Pirates, who came in to the game ranked No. 3 in the state, were led by Victoria Gaines, who scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second half. Gaines sat out most of the second quarter with foul trouble.
“What did we talk about at halftime?” Merrillville coach Amy Govert said. “We gave up 22 points in a quarter, I’m not happy about that. We weren’t rebounding, not playing our type of defense and keeping them on the perimeter. You just can’t come into a gym and expect to show up and win.”
The game looked like it would be a blowout early on as the Pirates (16-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but a determined Brickies team kept clawing away and took a 28-26 halftime lead.
A Kara Cooke basket with 4:19 left in the half gave Hobart its first lead of the night. Cooke led all scorers with 11 first half points, many of them coming from driving to the basket.
The Pirates held Cooke to three second-half points. She led the Brickies (13-6) with 14 on the night.
“We started out the game playing a little bit timid but I’m proud that we battled back,” Hobart coach Mike Hamacher said. “The same excitement we were able to generate in the first half, we needed to carry that over into the second half.”
While Gaines led all scorers, Dariyan Morris chipped in with 15 points including 10 of 15 from the free-throw line and Jaz Talley had 11. The Pirates shot 31 of 43 from the free-throw line.