Girls basketball: Bishop Noll uses second-half push to top Andrean
BY BILLy EVANS Post-Tribune correspondent January 30, 2013 11:24PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 11:49AM
HAMMOND — Bishop Noll coach Vanita Gary remembers this rivalry all too well. The last time Andrean was beaten by the Warriors, Gary was in a jersey.
Wednesday, the Class 2A state ranked Warriors found a way to win a battle over Andrean, 54-49.
It was obvious that Bishop Noll was disappointed with itself at the end of the first and second quarters. Andrean (7-15) took the lead early with the help of junior Brenna Boyle, who finished with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The 59ers kept pushing to keep the momentum going into halftime. Bishop Noll struggled but, with the help of Elena Sobilo’s five points, went into the half tied 24-24.
Gary went into the locker room and saw the disappointment. She told the team, “Calm down. We need to stop playing like we are behind and start playing like we have all season.”
Gary suggested that the change in play had much to do with the team’s “second half pressure turned up on defense.”
Bishop Noll came out of the locker room and put up 18 points in the third quarter to take a commanding lead. Julia Kusiak scored seven points in the third.
“This was our last home game and we knew we needed to take the momentum of a big second half into the sectional,” she said.
Elena Sobilo collided head-to-head with Madison Lesch (who scored 10), injuring both players, though Lesch later returned. From then on Bishop Noll took control behind senior Asya Hobbs and freshman Naomi House.
“Our second-half defense, crashing the boards, and more passes before shots on offense saved us in this game,” said Hobbs, who scored six in the fourth quarter.
Bishop Noll enters the sectional with a 19-2 record overall and a GSSC Conference Championship under its belt.