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Girls basketball: Luers ousts weary Boone Grove

Boone Grove guard Paige Aguilermiddle ClaudiCooper right defend against pass by Luers guard AllisButler during IHSAA 2Girl's basketball regional championship

Boone Grove guard Paige Aguilera, middle and Claudia Cooper, right, defend against a pass by Luers guard Allison Butler during the IHSAA 2a Girl's basketball regional championship in Rochester, Ind. Saturday Feb. 16, 2013. Photo by Joe Raymond~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 18, 2013 7:15AM



ROCHESTER — Boone Grove coach Candy Wilson was worried about fatigue in the championship game of the Rochester Regioal against Fort Wayne Luers.

The Wolves only use six players and they trap hard out of their 1-3-1 zone.

It’s not clear if any extra rest would’ve helped them against the high-flying, hard-charging Knights, a team that has played in the state championship three straight years.

They won the state title in 2011 and they’re still on track to do it again after they dropped Boone Grove, 67-40, Saturday. Luers had dumped Westview 71-48 in the opening game.

Luers looked refreshed and energetic against the Wolves, jumping out to a 7-2 first quarter lead after Tashayla Sutorius, a 5-11 freshman made a layup along the baseline. The Knights expanded their first quarter lead to 15-6.

It was more of the same in the second quarter for Luers. A three-point play the old fashioned way by Sutorius, with 7:02 left in the half, made it 19-6. Sutorius, a freshman, was an example of the kind of challenge Boone Grove faced. At 5-11, she ran hard along the baseline, scoring off a variety of passes from the Knights’ guards. She was strong enough to get her shot off over the Boone Grove defenders and quick enough to find an open spot. She finished with a game-high 22 points while playing about three quarters of the game.

Wilson said the opening run from Luers was a problem for the Wolves. If they were going to pull off an upset, they needed to stay close early.

They were never, aside from the opening few minutes, able to keep it close.

“We didn’t do a good job of covering the post early,” Wilson said. “They were quick. We were able to come back.”

Come back was a relative term. The Wolves were able to play with Luers for spurts and they did win the last quarter but only after the Knights had pulled their starters. Boone Grove was also playing without two of its starters — Claudia Cooper and Sarah Steinhilber. Both of them fouled out.

Wilson figured if they were going to have a chance to win the game, they were going to have take care of the ball and execute pretty close to perfect on offense.

The Wolves did get some open shots and force some turnovers.

But they had trouble turning the looks into points.

“We got a little silly with the ball once in while,” Wilson said. “I think fatigue got us too.

“It was a very physical game. I’m proud of the kids. They played hard. They never gave up. It was a great season.”

Sophomore Ellie Graeber, who will return next year, said playing against Luers was a great experience.

“I’m not going to lie,” she said. “It was a pretty tough game but it was fun.”

Paige Aguilera led Boone Grove with 20 points.



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