Girls Basketball: Crete-Monee falls to Bolingbrook 59-53
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 14, 2013 10:56PM
Crete-Monee's Lindzy Cox (4) drives to the basket against Bolingbrook in Chicago Saturday, December, 14, 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 16, 2014 7:02AM
Bolingbrook’s Aysia Bugg had her shots in Saturday’s first half.
They rolled off the rim, took long bounces, came up short. She wouldn’t have been out of order checking if there was a lid on the rim.
But playing Crete-Monee at Young’s ChiTown Showdown, Bugg and the Raiders didn’t hang their heads. They kept at it, offensively and defensively, putting together a huge comeback on the way to a 59-53 win.
“We were getting open shots and just not knocking them down,” Bugg said. “Our defense picked up, and that’s how we got back in the game.”
Bugg finished with 25 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds for Bolingbrook (3-1). Ten different players scored for the Raiders. Ashley Drain finished with eight points.
Shooting just 6-of-29 from the floor in the first half, Bolingbrook fell behind by as many as 14 points at 26-12, and trailed 26-17 at the half.
The Raiders switched things up defensively, varying man-to-man and zone defenses, presses and falling back, and the results were evident. Crete-Monee finished with 25 turnovers.
“We used a lot of zones, and we knew Crete didn’t have any serious ballhandlers,” Bugg said. “We pressed, we trapped, and they turned it over for easy steals for us.”
Bugg’s offensive explosion in the second half sparked the turnaround, the star senior pouring in 20 of her 25 points, including a 3-of-4 performance from three-point range.
Her corner three put Bolingbrook up 41-40, the team’s first lead. Her second corner three less than a minute later put the Raiders up for good. Down 40-36 heading to the fourth, Bolingbrook outscored Crete-Monee 23-13 in the fourth quarter.
“With my shot not falling in the first half, I tried to drive in the second,” Bugg said. “After I made some free throws, I was able to get some shots up, and they started falling.”
Crete-Monee (7-2) was paced by Marsha Howard’s 22 points and 13 rebounds. Lindzy Cox added 14 points. The Warriors finished 21-of-51 from the floor.