Girls basketball: Hebron tops Boone, takes PCC Kup
By Gregg Schwartz Post-Tribune correspondent November 23, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: November 23, 2013 11:49PM
Seven miles separate Hebron and Boone Grove high schools along Indiana 2. Saturday night, in front of an energized, vocal crowd of divided loyalties, the difference between the schools was a mere three points, or one foot. Hebron downed Boone Grove 41-38 in a Porter County Conference game to capture the PCC Kup trophy.
Both teams fumbled their way through the first quarter, with almost every possession punctuated with either a turnover or a foul. Hebron (2-2, 1-1) took an 8-7 lead at the end of the period, with Lauren Carlson scoring five of her team-high 11 points.
After the game, Hebron acknowledged that taking the Kup from the Wolves may have grown bigger than winning the game itself.
“We were in over our a heads and we just weren’t the team we usually can be,” Hebron guard Shelby Yankauskas said.
“I think we were just over-excited about the Kup,” Carlson said. “We definitely didn’t think there was going to be a fight, but we had to realize that real quick.”
In the second quarter, Hebron began to find its footing and stretched its lead to 19-12. Hawks coach Doug Godbolt was not satisfied with simply having the halftime lead.
“We were playing not to lose, and we had to start playing to win the game,” Godbolt said.
Yankauskas stepped up in the third quarter, scoring all eight of her points by attacking the basket with baseline drives.
“It clicked in my head that I had to do my job,” she said after Godbolt had suggested making lineup changes.
Boone Grove (2-2, 1-1) settled down as well in the third, outscoring Hebron 16-12 by attacking the basket. Sarah Brown scored five of her game-high 12 points, while Sara Martinez added three of her nine points in the quarter.
The Hawks stepped up their defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Wolves to only two field goals, both coming late in the game. Boone Grove did pull within two points at 40-38 with 1:35 to go, but couldn’t create quality chances down the stretch.
“They needed to take a deep breath and we kind of panicked a little bit as a whole,” Wolves coach Linda Eleftheri said.
In the end, Eleftheri said the game as a teaching moment.
“We’re an exremely young team,” she said, noting the five sophomores in the starting lineup. “We just made little mistakes, things that as they get a lot more experience, we just keep getting a little better every time.”