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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:58

Hunt’s clutch hoop lifts Grafton girls past Plymouth for 4th consecutive victory

Katie Hunt scored only six points last Saturday, but her final shot of the afternoon was the biggest of her young career.

With two seconds left, the sophomore guard hit an 18-foot jumper that lifted the Grafton girls’ team to a 44-43 win over Plymouth in a nonconference battle.


The basket capped a frenetic final two minutes in which the lead changed hands several times.


Grafton held a 42-39 edge in the final minute only to have Plymouth hit a game-tying three-pointer. The Panthers then moved ahead, 43-42, on a free throw with 17 seconds left.


Eschewing a time-out, Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt had his team bring the ball up court and quickly work it around to set up Hunt’s game winner.


“We made three really nice passes to get Katie an open look, and she made the shot,” he said.


“Before that, we had some defensive lapses that helped Plymouth go ahead, but we found a way to get it done.”

 
Last-chance shots can’t save CG-Belgium boys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:55

A last-second victory was not in the cards for the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team.

Try as they might, the Rockets couldn’t get several potential game-winning shots to drop and lost to Kiel, 56-54, in overtime last Friday.


Trailing by two points on its final possession, Cedar Grove-Belgium had two chances to erase the deficit. The Rockets missed a two-point attempt but grabbed the rebound, which led to Logan Peterson’s three-point try with four seconds left.


When Peterson’s shot bounced off, Kiel escaped with a nonconference victory.


In regulation, the Raiders also dodged defeat when Cedar Grove-Belgium missed three field-goal attempts in the final minute.


“We had our chances but just couldn’t get a shot to drop at the end,” Rockets coach Jim Meinen said.


“Other than that, it was a good nonconference game for us. We had a lot of positives.”


The biggest positive was a determined comeback by Cedar Grove-Belgium, which trailed, 27-16, after being outscored by 17 points in the second quarter.


Tightening up their defense, the Rockets trimmed the deficit to 34-28 in the third period. With a 21-15 run in the final eight minutes, they forced overtime.

 
Hawks take ‘Hoosiers’ to heart PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:46

One day after visiting site of classic basketball movie, Grafton boys embrace underdog role on way to Indiana tournament title

Who says there’s no magic in old sports movies?

Little more than 24 hours after practicing in the gym where many of the scenes in the popular 1986 motion picture “Hoosiers” were filmed, the Grafton boys’ basketball team capped a memorable weekend by winning an Indiana tournament last Saturday.


Coach Bob Maronde’s squad did a spirited imitation of the film’s champion Hickory Hoosiers by staging late rallies to defeat two foes at the Cadet Holiday Invitational in Clayton, Ind., including a 47-43 victory over Lake Station Edison in the title game.


Just hours before, Grafton came from behind to stun highly regarded Hagerstown, 65-57, in overtime in the semifinals.


“It was an incredible weekend, just a great trip,” Maronde said. “We had to come from behind in both games to win, and I’m not sure how we did it.”


On Saturday afternoon, Grafton overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Hagerstown, which has been ranked among Indiana’s top Class 2A teams this season. Still drained from the emotional victory, the Black Hawks came out flat against Lake Station in the enveing and found themselves trailing, 34-23, after three periods.


“We played very poorly for three quarters. Physically and emotionally, I wasn’t sure we had anything left,” Maronde said.


But as they dug down, the Hawks stepped up their defense and began clicking offensively.


“We took care of our business, moved the ball and got Lake Station in foul trouble,” Maronde said. “We started making free throws and got ourselves back in it.”

 
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