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City too big for NP

December 14, 2018

NEW CARLISLE — Faced with a daunting stretch of five games in the space of a week, Michigan City coach Mike Megyese might have rested some of his girls basketball players during their blowout victory over New Prairie Thursday night.

Only one problem …

“We’ve only got so many players, and some of them are limited because they played during the junior varsity game, and we had another fouled out on the bench,” Megyese said. “We had starters out there probably longer than I wanted, but they’ll be OK. When this (stretch) is over, they’ll be getting a pretty long rest.”

With Hannah Noveroske scoring 20 points and Katelyn Halfacre chipping in 16, the Wolves cruised to a 70-26 victory at New Prairie’s gym.

As far as a game goes, it wasn’t much of one, with Michigan City (8-3) scoring 14 straight points in the second quarter on the way to a 43-12 halftime lead.

The Wolves, who go 6-foot-5, 6-1, 6-0 across their front line, had a huge size advantage. New Prairie has exactly one girl taller than 5-9.

“We knew we couldn’t match up, so we wanted to pressure their guards and try to force some mistakes,” Cougars coach Todd Dermody said. “We did an OK job for a while, but they (Michigan City) kept finding open lanes to slip through.”

New Prairie (2-9) was led by seven points from junior Libby Lapczynski. Often a lights-out shooter, Lapczynski couldn’t get her shots to drop versus the Wolves and ended up 1-of-10 from three-point range.

The Wolves pounded New Prairie on the boards, 47-16. Trinity Thompson led the way with 11 rebounds, while Noveroske collared nine.

Noveroske, bound for Xavier University next fall, might have had more, but fouled out with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter.

“In the second half, we went to a straight zone and didn’t (apply) any full court pressure,” Megyese said. “That should help keep our legs a little fresher.

“We have a huge conference game with Merrillville (tonight). Even if we were playing 10 games in a row, our girls would get up for that one.”

New Prairie’s defense, it should be noted, did a nice job, forcing the Wolves into 21 turnovers.

“We want to try and put pressure on people,” Dermody said. “We have a game at (South Bend) Clay (tonight), and I suppose we could have backed off, but I want our girls to compete their best in every game. It’s taking some time, but we’re getting better.”

Michigan City also won the junior varsity game, 51-35. Mary Pat Kelley and Tanara Turner each scored 14 for the Wolves. Megan Pinter led New Prairie with 13 points.

Michigan City 70, New Prairie 26

Hannah Noveroske had 20 points for the Wolves.

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