Girls basketball: Wolves regain PCC Kup
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org January 15, 2013 10:40PM
Boone Grove's Claudia Cooper looks to the basket between Hanover Central's Summer Pattison and Kristen Roper in the second quarter at Morgan Twp. Tuesday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:40AM
VALPARAISO — Going into this girls basketball season, the Porter County Conference traveling trophy — the coveted Kup — had been in Boone Grove’s possession for more than three years.
That usually happens in the PCC when a team goes 7-0 regularly in round-robin play and wins three straight PCC Tournaments.
The Kup has now changed hands three times this season alone after Boone Grove defeated Hanover Central 47-37 in the last of four PCC Tournament first round games this week.
The Wolves lost the Kup back in November to Hebron, which relinquished it to Hanover in the very next PCC contest. The Wildcats had to hand it back to Boone on Tuesday after committing 34 turnovers.
“There’s a lot of rivalries in this conference,” Boone Grove coach Candy Wilson said. “We have another game on Friday, so the kids can’t let up. Nothing is easy in this conference this year.”
The Wolves (11-5) next opponent in Friday’s semifinals will be Kouts, which held off Hebron 61-52 in Tuesday’s first game.
Hanover (9-6) got off to a tough start, and basically kept that theme in each quarter. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times in the first two minutes of the game and eight times in the first quarter — six of them from standout Blayr Poston, who struggled the whole game. Hanover continued the disturbing trend with three turnovers in the first two minutes of the second quarter, four in the first three minutes of the third, and topping it off with a turnover 12 seconds into the fourth.
Poston, who averaged 20 points per game, was called for her second personal foul with 5:32 left in the second quarter, resulting in sitting for the rest of the half. She didn’t hit a field goal until 52.5 seconds left in the game as she finished with only seven points.
Boone helped cause much of Hanover’s sloppy play with some high energy on both ends of the court, especially from Claudia Cooper, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Paige Aguilera almost had a triple-double for the Wolves with a game-high 22 points, nine rebounds and nine steals.
“She’s long, quick and hard to get around,” Hanover coach Doug Nelson said about Aguilera, who also had several kicked balls to break up passes — a stat Wilson says she keeps track of and Aguilera is familiar with as a standout soccer player.
“She took it to us tonight,” Nelson added.
Kristen Roper led the Wildcats with 17 points and seven rebounds.
In the first game, Hebron got off to a 10-2 lead, but Kouts (8-8) rebounded nicely and was up nine early in the fourth quarter before the Hawks (8-8) tied the game with about three minutes left.
The Fillies didn’t falter with Jayla Crump and Allie Zimmerle hitting clutch free throws down the stretch.
“The last several games we haven’t come out strong, but they don’t give up,” Kouts coach Ron Kobza said. “The fight is there in these girls.”
Crump led the way with 31 points while Zimmerle scored 16.