Girls basketball: Red Devils lock up NCC crown
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent January 25, 2013 9:40PM
Updated: February 27, 2013 6:17AM
LOWELL — One of Lowell’s goals to start the season was to repeat as Northwest Crossroads Conference champs. The Red Devils did just that, pulling away in the second half in a dominating 60-16 victory over rival Griffith on Friday night.
“I am elated for the girls on their accomplishment,” Lowell coach Matt Walsh said. “It is extremely hard in sports to repeat and they were able to do that on their hard work and consistent play.”
Lowell grabbed an 8-2 lead after on quarter.
The Red Divils (15-3, 6-0 NCC) got their spark from sophomore Hunter Jusevitch, who was a catalyst offensively. Jusevitch hit two of her four 3-pointers in the quarter to spark the charge for Lowell. Jusevitch ended the night leading all scorers with 15 points.
“I am happy especially for the seniors to be able to repeat and I was glad to be able to contribute to the win,” Jusevitch said.
Griffith (11-8, 3-3 NCC) made a late charge in the second quarter but lost key starter Taylor Austin to an ankle injury, which seemed to turn things Lowell’s way.
Lowell came out aggressively in the second half and mounted a 31-0 run from the third to midway through the fourth quarter to wrap up the conference title.
Lowell had a balanced offensive attack besides Jusevitch, with Katie Bobos scoring 10 points, and Mackenzie Kreutz and Kalyne Godbolt adding nine points each.
“We had four goals coming into the season and we have accomplished two of them with the conference win tonight,” Walsh said. “We still have a goal to win our sectional. We know it’s going to be tough but we will work hard to achieve that final goal.”