Foul trouble limits Lady Bulldogs in 55-39 loss to Merrillville

A Special Report by the team

The Crown Point Lady Bulldogs and the Merrillville Lady Pirates take part in pre-game warm-ups before their Duneland Athletic Conference match-up at Merrillville High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, as Lady Pirates Head Coach Amy Govert (left) and Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Chris Seibert (right) look on.
The Merrillville Lady Pirates are introduced to the home crowd in a spotlight introduction before tip-off against the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. A game won by Merrillville 55-39.
In the Junior Varsity game preceding the varsity game, Crown Point trailed Merrillville 35-29 with 50 seconds remaining during this time-out before falling to the Pirates 42-29.
Junior Mya Scheidt (23) at the point, directing the Lady Bulldogs offense, with Tasi Kukobat (24) and Taylor Tyndall (13) at the right wing at Merrillville, 01-14-2017.

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Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
CROWN POINT (13-7) 15 13 5 6 39
MERRILLVILLE (15-5) 11 17 10 17 55

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - Duneland Athletic Conference game at MERRILLVILLE, IN

CROWN POINT (39) Caitlyn Phillips 2-0-6, Ellie VanDeel 1-3-5, Taylor Tyndall 1-0-2, Sydney Taylor 5-0-11, Jessica Barclay 4-0-8, Mya Scheidt 0-3-3, Tasi Kukobat 1-0-2. TOTALS: 14 (8-16) 39.

MERRILLVILLE (55) Alexus Shirrells 5-0-12, Jasmine Wright 4-8-17, Carissa Lewis 0-0-0, Brittney Williams 4-0-8, Makayla Pearson 0-0-0, Kiarra Thompson 4-4-12, Danielle Figueroa 3-0-6. TOTALS: 20 (12-18) 55.

FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (8 of 16, 50.0%) VanDeel 3-6, Tindall 0-2, Taylor 0-2, Scheidt 3-4, Kukobat 2-2. MERRILLVILLE (12 OF 18, 66.7%) Wright 8-10, Thompson 4-4, Thomas 0-4.

3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (3) Phillips 2, Taylor. MERRILLVILLE (3) Shirrells 2, Wright.

FOULED OUT: (1) Jessica Barclay (3:44 left, 4th Qtr).

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MERRILLVILLE (01-14-2017) The task of defeating the Merrillville Lady Pirates has not come easy for the Crown Point Bulldogs, notably on the road.

The Lady Pirates extended their current winning streak to six games as Merrillville pulled away from the Bulldogs in the second half to post a 55-39 win on senior night.

Crown Point led after the first quarter 15-11 with five players in scoring figures for the visitors. However, Sidney Taylor picked up her third foul early in the first quarter, forcing her to the bench, shorting the Lady Bulldogs of their top scorer and rebounder for the rest of the quarter.

Merrillville took advantage of Taylor’s absence, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-13 in the second quarter to even-up the scoring at 28-28 by halftime.

The Lady Pirates would take complete control of a second half that had them outscoring the visitors 27-11. Foul trouble eventually removed senior forward/center Jessica Barclay when she picked up her 5th foul with 3:44 remaining in the game.

Merrillville had three scorers in double-digit figures as three seniors reached double-digit figures. Jasmine Wright led all scorers with 17 points, while Kiarra Thompson and Alexus Shirrells each had 12 points. Junior Brittany Williams finished with eight points and senior Danielle Figueroa had 6 points.

Crown Point had the efforts of senior Sydney Taylor’s 11 points, followed by senior Jessica Barclay who had eight points. Sophomore Caitlyn Phillips had six points, sophomore Ellie VanDeel had five points, freshman Tasi Kukobat had three points and junior Taylor Tyndall had two points.

The Lady Pirates improve their mark to 14-5, second place in the Duneland Athletic Conference at 5-1. On the flipside, the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 13-7, remaining in seventh place in the DAC at 1-5.

Merrillville has now matched their longest winning streak on the season at five games, while Crown Point, who recently had won four straight, have now dropped two of their last three.

DOG NOTES: The last time the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Pirates at Merrillville High School was Feb. 5, 2009. The Lady Bulldogs won that game 54-40. During the current six-game winning streak for Merrillville at home against Crown Point, they have outscored the Lady Bulldogs 67-48.

Over the last two seasons, the Lady Pirates have eliminated the Lady Bulldogs in the sectional round. On Feb. 10, 2015, Merrillville defeated Crown Point 43-34 in the opening round game at Michigan City. On Feb. 6, 2016, the two programs made-it to the sectional title game at Valparaiso with Merrillville claiming the title in a 53-45 victory.

Only three games remain on the regular season schedule for the Lady Bulldogs. They will host Kankakee Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 17 before going on the road to Chesterton on Saturday Jan. 21 to close out games within the DAC. They will return home on Thursday, Jan. 26 against Bishop Noll before sectional play begins. All games will tip-off at 7 p.m. (CST).

IHSAA Tournament: In the IHSAA Girls basketball tournament draw Sunday evening, Jan. 15, the Bulldogs drew Hobart in the Class 4A Sectional 2 quarterfinal to be played at Chesterton High School Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Internet radio plans to carry that game live with the pregame show set to begin at 6:45 p.m. CST.

Coach: Chris Seibert, 33-13 in 2nd year at school, 92-90 in 8th year overall
Nov. 9 at Hanover Central {3A}  W   48-  29  
Nov. 12 Concord {4A}  W   65-  41  
Nov. 15 at Andrean {3A}  W   40-  29  
Nov. 19 †Goshen {4A}  W   31-  18  tournament
Nov. 19 at Northridge {4A}   L   32-  49  tournament
Nov. 22 at East Chicago Central {4A}  W   60-  52  
Nov. 25 at LaPorte {4A}‡   L   29-  40  
Nov. 29 Lowell {4A}  W   55-  30  
Dec. 2 Portage {4A}‡  W   48-  37  
Dec. 3 Hobart {4A}  W   41-  16  
Dec. 9 at Valparaiso {4A}‡   L   43-  46  
Dec. 13 Highland {4A}   L   46-  51  
Dec. 16 Lake Central {4A}‡   L   26-  41  
Dec. 27 †Lowell {4A}  W   52-  34  tournament
Dec. 27 †Hobart {4A}  W   33-  30  tournament
Dec. 28 †Munster {4A}  W   67-  37  tournament
Jan. 3 at Hammond Morton {4A}  W   74-  54  
Jan. 6 Michigan City {4A}‡   L   45-  52  
Jan. 11 at Munster {4A}  W   57-  22  
Jan. 14 at Merrillville {4A}‡   L   39-  55  
Jan. 17 Kankakee Valley {4A} 7:00 pm  
Jan. 21 at Chesterton {4A}‡ 7:00 pm  
Jan. 26 Hammond Noll {2A} 7:00 pm