Girls Basketball: Mount Assisi outlasts Evergreen Park
By Tony Baranek email@example.com November 18, 2013 9:02PM
Mount Assisi's Danielle Mascorro (5) makes a pass vs. Evergreen Park on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Lemont. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 20, 2013 6:26AM
Playing time. What kid doesn’t love it?
New Mount Assisi guard Jess Moriarty got more than she or anyone else might have bargained for when she played as a sophomore at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights a season ago.
“We had six players and one of them was our manager. It’s nice to have a break when you’re tired,” a smiling Moriarty said Monday after helping host Mount Assisi beat Evergreen Park 52-42 in the teams’ season opener.
Moriarty tied teammate MaryKate Wetzel for scoring honors with 15 points. Wetzel added 10 rebounds, while Terri Dearth (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Kathleen Murphy (6 points) also starred for the Eagles.
Megan Pfister had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Nicole Larkin 11 points and nine rebounds for Evergreen Park.
The victory was a good way to follow up on a heady finish to the 2012-13 season, in which Mount Assisi was 3-17 entering the state playoffs, but went on to capture the school’s first regional title.
Monday’s win came after Evergreen Park threatened to pull away three times.
The Mustangs did it with the three-point shot, Zoe Monks hitting two, Maddie Vojacek, Larkin and Pfister one each. Wild point swings saw Evergreen have a 17-8 lead sliced to 17-13, and a 22-13 advantage cut to 22-20.
The Mustangs started the third period with a pair of free throws by Pfister and a three-pointer by Vojacek to go up 32-24 before Mount Assisi clamped down.
“We know we have to be faster because we have a small team. We don’t have anybody over 5-foot-7,” Wetzel said. “We weren’t ready. We weren’t boxing out like we were supposed to be. Once we started boxing out and rebounding we were able to run our own plays.”
The final comeback started with a layup by Murphy. Wetzel added another before Murphy drained a three to make it 32-31. With 3:19 remaining in the third period Dearth converted a three-point play, putting Mount Assisi ahead for good.
The Eagles defense, meanwhile, held Evergreen Park without a three the rest of the way.
“We knew who their shooters were and we knew if we shut them down we could stop them,” Wetzel said. “We just had to go out there and do it.”