Girls basketball: Lowell comes up big with fourth-quarter comeback
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent November 22, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: December 24, 2013 6:16AM
LOWELL — Not a bad finish for a team featuring players who are not used to being a part of last-minute comebacks.
Lowell, which graduated its entire starting five from a 18-4 season last year, got a seven-point fourth quarter from Hunter Jusevitch and some clutch free throws down the stretch from Sarah Weiser in a come-from-behind 40-35 win over Portage Friday night to remain unbeaten, while handing Portage its first loss of the season.
The Indian (2-1) led most of the way, including 20-15 at the half before the fourth quarter, when Lowell made the deciding run of the game before Jusevitch hit a 3-pointer to give Lowell a 32-20 lead with 4:20 left in the game.
“She’s definitely our best basketball player,” Lowell coach Matt Welsh said about Jusevitch, who Welsh said bounced back from struggling in Lowell’s previous game, a 40-31 win over Hebron. “She got some clutch baskets when we really needed them.”
Weiser was no fourth-quarter slouch either, saving her best for the last quarter, scoring all six of her points, including four straight free throws to close out the game.
“We had a couple of opportunities with some good looks that could have extended the lead but we didn’t hit shots,” Indians coach Chris Seibert said. “We’re pretty happy holding them to 40 but we have to make some shots,”
Jusevitch had a game-high 12 points, including two 3-pointers for Lowell while Nicole Kiszenia came off the bench to add eight. The Indians got 15 points from Kaitlyn Doud (including three 3-pointers) while Kaitlyn Steers scored 11.
If an unsung hero award were given for Lowell (4-0), Welsh said it would go to forward Amy Fraikin, who held Portage’s Alexis Johnson to eight points total after Johnson scored six in the first quarter.