Jeeps outlast North Posey in 49-39 contestDecember 22, 2020
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
DUBOIS — Throughout his coaching career, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight offered several memorable quips. One of those quotes established the standard for Knight’s coaching philosophy: “Good basketball always starts with good defense.”
Northeast Dubois (7-3) adhered to those words and set the tone early in Tuesday afternoon’s 49-39 win, the team’s fourth in a row, over North Posey. A combination of press and zone defenses helped the Jeeps cause havoc against the Vikings.
“We’ve been harping on defense all year,” Northeast Dubois head coach Andy Chinn said. “I’ll tell you what — that’s a good win against a good team.”
The gritty matinee saw the Jeeps and Vikings battle for several 50-50 balls. At halftime, Northeast Dubois held a 22-16 lead.
In the second half, the Jeeps stayed aggressive and attacked the basket with a purpose. Northeast Dubois made 14-of-23 free throw attempts in the game.
Jeeps sophomore Rhylan Kalb finished with 10 points and converted six of her seven free throws. Kalb and junior Hadley Fuhrman both reached double figures in the scoring column, as Fuhrman led all scorers with 18 points.
The Vikings battled back in the latter stages, but Furhman’s clutch outside shots propelled the Jeeps to victory.
“They came back and tied it up, but we went on a 7-0 run,” Chinn said. “I think we handled adversity really well today. I was really proud to see it. That’s our seventh win of the year already.”
Those seven wins mark the Jeeps’ highest total in three seasons. Chinn highlighted the magnitude of taking the seventh victory in a competitive game.
“Our team is playing with confidence right now,” he said. “Most importantly, they’re having fun and taking advantage of every chance they can.”
Capitalizing on those chances is an important part of every season, but seizing opportunities is even more important in this unprecedented campaign.
“I love watching our girls play,” Chinn said. “When teams play hard against us, I think it really brings the best in us. We really handled it well down the stretch.”
Tuesday’s win offered an intriguing statistic — the Jeeps won their second game in less than 24 hours. On Monday evening, Northeast Dubois claimed a 69-29 Blue Chip Conference win over Washington Catholic.
“That’s just high school basketball in 2020,” Chinn said. “That’s kind of how we set it up. It was a fun opportunity for our girls. We talked, ‘We’re going to go play a conference game and get a big win. We’ll go to bed, wake up and get another win today.’ It all worked out. We’re very pleased at this point in the season.”
The quick turnaround offered a unique challenge, but resilience and determination helped the Jeeps win the day.
“For us to pressure them, get after them and escape with a double-digit victory says a lot about our team,” Chinn said.
Northeast Dubois will return to the court at approximately 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at Paoli.
“I’m just proud of our effort and excited to see what comes next,” Chinn said.
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