Girls basketball: Boone Grove edges Rochester for sectional title
By Brian Gertsch Post-Tribune correspondent February 9, 2013 11:26PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:59AM
HEBRON — The IHSAA playoffs are grueling to say the least, and consistent play is a key factor in advancing in this tournament.
In the Class 2A Sectional 34, Boone Grove Wolves came out on top with a 38-36 victory over Rochester on Saturday. It’s the first sectional championship for Boone Grove since 2008.
“We graduated 90 percent of our scorers from last year; we lost our point guard in the second game. These ladies have pulled together and been phenomenal,” Boone coach Candy Wilson said after the win, “I’ve never seen a team grow so fast in a season, they’re tenacious.”
The Wolves remained true to their game plan following Friday’s semifinal win over Winamac. Led by senior Paige Aguilera and junior Sarah Steinhilber, the Wolves played stout on the defensive end, forcing Rochester into bad decisions throughout the game.
Boone Grove came out playing aggressively, leading to a 7-0 run to start the game. Aguilera was everywhere, as she came up with two of the Wolves’ six first-half steals and was involved in all of them. Aguilera continued to frustrate the opposition’s offense with steals and kicked balls, picking up where she left off Friday night. She was constantly in the passing lanes, wreaking havoc on the Zebras’ offense.
The Wolves finished the game with 11 steals on the defensive end.
The opening of the second half was controlled by Rochester, sparked by an 8-2 run. Zebras freshmen guard Alexa Holland played well, finishing with 10 points on 43 percent shooting.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair. The final seconds were decided by free-throw shooting. Steinhilber converted all four of her final attempts from the line.
The play of the night came as the horn sounded. Rochester had possession with under 10 seconds to play when Boone Grove’s Nicole Malouhos blocked Breanne Paulik’s shot in the lane, propelling Boone Grove to its fourth sectional title in school history.