Girls Basketball: McAuley tops Crete-Monee for regional title
A balanced scoring attack in the second quarter and a two-player show in the third and fourth quarters helped propel Mother McAuley into the sectionals for the sixth time in seven years.
The No. 4 Mighty Macs beat Crete-Monee 72-50 in the Class 4A Eisenhower Regional championship game Thursday night in Blue Island. Mother McAuley had a nice run of regional titles from 2007 to ’11 before failing to win one last year.
“It seems like a long time since we won one,” said Alyssa Siwek, who led the Macs with 25 points and had seven rebounds. “This feels really, really good. This is a step in the right direction.”
The Macs (22-6) meet the winner of Friday night’s Thornwood Regional battle between Marist and Lincoln-Way North in the McAuley Sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Crete-Monee (24-5) had a 13-7 lead with 2:45 left in the first quarter but McAuley scored the period’s final nine points to go up 16-13.
The Mighty Macs put a little distance between them and the Warriors with an 18-12 second quarter in which six McAuley players scored. Elizabeth Nye (16 points) had five points in the frame, three teammates had three points each and two more each had two points.
Siwek had 14 points in a 21-14 run in the third and fourth quarters, and Lauren Carlson (12 points, 10 rebounds) added six points. Siwek, who earlier in the night advanced in the three-point shooting contest, was 6-of-10 from the floor but got in foul trouble when she was whistled for her second foul with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
“When she was in foul trouble the other players picked it up,” Mighty Macs coach Ashley Clanton said. “But in the second half when she was out of foul trouble it freed her up to be aggressive and score.”
Crete-Monee, which stunned Homewood-Flossmoor in the regional semifinals Tuesday, was led by Alexia DeBose’s 14 points. Lindzy Cox added 10 off the bench.