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Girls Basketball: Cherokees, Senators earn third meeting at Morgan Sectional

Updated: March 8, 2013 7:51AM



VALPARAISO — Although the sectional draw designated Morgan Township as the visiting team, the Cherokees were right at home in a 52-42 win over Kouts (10-11), avenging a 39-26 loss to the Fillies in the regular season.

“We moved the ball and we rebounded much better tonight than we did the first time,” said Morgan (12-10) head coach Kevin Krieger.

The biggest factor in the Morgan victory was Trina Coleman. The junior guard scored a game-high 25 points and added five steals, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

“She’s pretty good,” Kreiger said with a smile and a laugh. “She played well in all facets of the game. She’s been our leader from the day she started here and she’ll continue to do that for the rest of this season and the next one.”

Said Coleman: “I just tried to do as much as I could to help us win. We switched up our offense so we weren’t standing around as much. We had to reverse the ball around to get some open shots.”

Leading 11-8 after one quarter, Coleman scored nine points in the second quarter and seven more in the third as Morgan moved to a 10-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

The Cherokees then hit 7-of-9 free throws in the final period — including 4-of-4 by Brianna Leuck — to close out the game. Jayla Crump (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Isabella Wireman (12 points) led the Kouts’ offense.

Morgan’s win sets up its third matchup of the season with PCC rival Washington Township, which defeated Gary 21st Century 79-21 in the second game of the night.

“We’re just hoping to play a good game,” Washington coach Becky Harper said of the upcoming rematch. “They know what we’re going to do and we know what they’re going to do.”

Against 21st Century, the Senators scored the game’s first 14 points and never looked back.

Heather Burton’s career-high 31 led eight Senators in double figures.

Harper added that she hopes to have Maddie Johnson in the lineup for Friday night. The junior left Wednesday’s game in the first quarter after chipping two teeth.



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