Cup full for Hal­facre

Sopho­more guard’s first half ig­nites Michi­gan City past Ch­ester­ton

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dave Mel­ton Post-Tri­bune

Be­fore the game, Michi­gan City’s Kate­lyn Hal­facre was feel­ing it.

“I was con­fi­dent from the start,” she said. “My shot was go­ing in (dur­ing the) pregame and I was hot start­ing off. Our post play­ers were giv­ing me the ball too. You have to credit them.”

The 5-foot-4 sopho­more guard scored 12 points in the first half Fri­day night as Michi­gan City grabbed an early lead on the road at Ch­ester­ton.

The Wolves then with­stood a late rally by the Tro­jans, hang­ing on for a 50-47 Duneland Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win.

“Any time you can go on the road and get a win in this con­fer­ence, you take it,” Michi­gan City coach Mike Me­gyese said. “This con­fer­ence is tough ev­ery year.”

Michi­gan City (4-3, 2-0) built a 31-22 lead in the first half. Se­nior Han­nah Noveroske, a Xavier com­mit, led the Wolves with 16 points.

Ch­ester­ton (6-2, 1-1) kept pace thanks to a game-high 17 points from ju­nior guard Ash­ley Cray­craft, who had a chance to tie the game with about 10 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Af­ter Michi­gan City missed at the free-throw line on the front end of a one-and-one, the Tro­jans worked the ball to Cray­craft, who at­tempted a 3-pointer from the cor­ner.

Ch­ester­ton coach Jack Camp­bell said it was the ex­act shot they wanted.

“Some peo­ple might want you to take it to the bas­ket there,” Camp­bell said. “I’d rather have a wide open 3-pointer than some­thing con­tested.”

The shot was off the mark, but Michi­gan City cor­ralled the re­bound and again missed at the free-throw line with five sec­onds re­main­ing.

Fol­low­ing a de­fen­sive re­bound, Ch­ester­ton turned the ball over, al­low­ing Michi­gan City to seal the win.

Ch­ester­ton trailed by as many as 11 points in the fourth quar­ter, but bat­tled back as Michi­gan City had two play­ers foul out.

Noveroske picked up her fifth foul with 3:39 re­main­ing, and se­nior Jani­cia Anderson, a 6-1 for­ward, also fouled out in the fi­nal quar­ter — a de­vel­op­ment that irked Me­gyese.

“I did not be­lieve our kids put them­selves in foul trou­ble — I be­lieve they were put in foul trou­ble, and I’m not happy about that,” Me­gyese said. “But those things are go­ing to hap­pen. You have to play through that.”

Lead­ing by nine at half­time, the Wolves opened the sec­ond half on a 9-0 run and were on the verge of run­ning away with the win.

But the Tro­jans clawed back, cut­ting the deficit to three on two oc­ca­sions. They could never catch their op­po­nents, how­ever, on the score­board.

“Credit to (Ch­ester­ton) for fight­ing hard,” Me­gyese. “But we’ll take this con­fer­ence win and move on.”

Dave Mel­ton is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

SUZANNE TEN­NANT/POST-TRI­BUNE

Michi­gan City’s Kate­lyn Hal­facre (5) drives past Ch­ester­ton de­fend­ers dur­ing a game on Fri­day.

Michi­gan City’s Han­nah Noveroske looks for her shot dur­ing a game on Fri­day.

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