Girls basketball: Morgan bounces back to beat LaCrosse, wins sectional title
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent February 9, 2013 11:26PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:59AM
VALPARAISO — After starting the game on a 10-0 run, it looked as if LaCrosse (8-14) was going to run away with the Class 1A Sectional 49 championship. However Morgan Township weathered the storm and pulled out a 46-37 victory in front of its home crowd.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Cherokees coach Kevin Krieger said. “They really showed how tough they are after going down 10 right from the start.”
The Cherokees (10-14) chipped away at the early deficit and took their first lead with 2:48 remaining in the first half. The game’s turning point came from an unlikely source in the form of reserve center Paige Moore.
Moore came off the bench and finished with six points and five rebounds. More importantly, she brought a level of physicality that the Cherokees so desperately needed.
“I can’t say enough about what Paige did for us tonight,” Krieger said. “Here’s a girl who hasn’t played through the whole tournament and comes in and gives us the boost we were looking for.”
Despite the loss, LaCrosse looks like a program on the rise.
“We dress 13 girls and we’re losing four of them, but this group has accomplished a lot,” Tigers head coach Brian McMahon said. “The seniors are obviously disappointed but I told them that they can say they were here for the start of something special at LaCrosse.”
Moore may have provided the momentum swing but junior Trina Coleman was the closer for Morgan Township. Coleman led all scorers with 18 points, including nine (seven free throws) in the final quarter.
“Coleman is our leader, Krieger said. “The rest of the girls look to her and she delivers.”
Outside of sophomore Alissa Tucker and senior Gabbie Sievers, the Tigers struggled to find consistent scoring. The duo combined for 27 of the team’s 37 points.