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Girls Basketball: Joliet Catholic overruns Marist

JnayWalker Joliet Catholic takes shot against Marist Marist Wednesday January 22nd 2014 Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Jnaya Walker, of Joliet Catholic, takes a shot against Marist at Marist, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 24, 2014 1:17PM



Joliet Catholic can beat you in a lot of ways.

Playing defense is a guessing game.

“Because they’re so good you’ve got to pick your poison,” Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly said after Wednesday night’s East Suburban Catholic battle. “Our poison was going to be the three, and contain the middle.”

For most of the first period, it worked. Joliet Catholic led just 9-8 with a couple of minutes showing when Kaitlyn Williams hit back-to-back threes for the Angels.

When Marist had to come out and chase, the rest of the Angels’ game kicked in during a 69-52 victory.

Ty Battle led the way for Joliet Catholic (20-0, 7-0) with 12 points, while Jasmine Lumpkin, Kennedy Weigt and Williams all had nine and Jnaya Walker and Nicole Ehkhomu eight each.

Brooke Wyderski had a monster night for the RedHawks (9-11, 1-4) with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Madison Naujokas added nine points and Lorna McCall eight rebounds.

When the two teams met at the Hillcrest Holiday Classic, the Angels ran away early and prevailed 71-48.

That didn’t ease Battle’s mind any before the rematch.

“We lost to them (in conference) last year by a point, so we wanted to beat them this time,” she said. “We knew they would come out hard. Everyone does. Since we’re undefeated everyone wants to beat us, and they play their hardest.”

The RedHawks never led, and were trailing 6-0 before Wyderski scored on a putback. Still down 9-4, Katelyn Rosner went back to back on short jumpers to cut the deficit to one.

But Williams turned the tide with her treys.

“With the help of my teammates driving and kicking out the ball, they all contributes to my shot, which helped us get up,” Williams said.

The second quarter saw Marist come out of its sagging defense and Joliet Catholic attack the basket.

Walker drove the lane and was fouled. She hit one free throw. Ekhomu did the same and hit both. Battle scored twice on assists from Ekhomu and Walker.

The Angels led 33-10 and were three seconds away from shutting Marist out in the second period before Wyderski picked up a loose ball and fired it in for a three.

Williams and Weigt finished with three three-pointers for Joliet Catholic, which led by as much as 60-29 early in the fourth period.

Marist, however, kept battling. Wyderski struck for four threes in the final six minutes as the RedHawks made it respectable.



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