Girls basketball: Winamac, Rochester roll in Hebron Sectional
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2013 9:28PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 11:32PM
HEBRON — Winamac and Rochester both had big second quarters of their games and easily advanced to the second round of the Class 2A sectional Tuesday night in Hebron.
The Warriors, who beat Hebron 72-45, will meet Boone Grove at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and Rochester, which topped North Newton 58-13, will face North Judson immediately following the first game.
In the early game Tuesday, it was just too much Stephanie Shorter for Hebron. Shorter, who had missed the previous seven games with a broken hand, had 20 points to lead Winamac.
The Warriors led 15-8 after the first quarter and pretty much blew the game open in the second quarter, outscoring Hebron 22-7 to take a 37-15 lead at the half. Hebron was held scoreless for a four-minute stretch.
“They definitely have a lot of weapons,” Hebron coach Stephanie Schulte said.
Two other Warriors scoring in double figures were Jessica Schramm with 16, including four treys, and Bethany Brogdon with 15, including two from beyond the arc.
“We tried a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, man-to-man, they just shot the ball well,” Schulte said. “Leaving Shorter open in the middle definitely didn’t help. My girls played hard, they’re all fighters.”
In the nightcap, the game started out much like the early game. Rochester took an 8-2 first-quarter advantage and then exploded in the second quarter, outscoring North Newton 28-5 to take a 36-7 lead into the half. Karli Murphy had 10 of her 12 first-half points in the second quarter to help fuel the offensive explosion.
While Rochester only mustered 10 points in the third quarter, the Spartans were held scoreless and the Zebras held a commanding 46-7 lead going into the fourth. North Newton finally scored in the second half, with six fourth-quarter points.
Murphy led all scorers with 12 points.
Becky Malchow chipped in with 11 and Breanne Paulik had 10 for the Zebras. The Spartans were led by Morgan Lang with nine points.