Girls Basketball: Marist outlasts Mother McAuley
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org January 15, 2014 9:38PM
Mother McAuley's Raven Willis (left) and Marist's Dajae Black fight for the ball during Wednesday night's game. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 17, 2014 8:42AM
Marist threw everything but the kitchen sink at Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye in Wednesday night’s Battle of Mount Greenwood.
Actually, getting hit by a kitchen sink might have felt better to Nye than what happened on her last foul.
The host RedHawks also threw the ball in the basket with more consistency than most nights during an up-and-down season.
Mostly, it came down to a simple mind-set that Brooke Wyderski believed made the difference in a 64-56 victory.
“We all believed in each other,” Wyderski said. “We all did it for each other.”
The 5-foot-11 forward scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the RedHawks improved to 9-8. Other heroes were Tehya Fortune (12 points), Madison Naujokas (10) and Katelyn Rosner (9).
McAuley (14-5) was led by Nye (14 points) and Molly McGinty (12).
The RedHawks sprinted to a 6-0 lead and led almost the entire way. They held the explosive Nye scoreless in the first period.
“She’s a very good ballplayer as everyone knows,” Wyderski said. “She’s the best on their team, but our defenders guarded her very well.”
Nye broke loose for three three-point plays in the second period, but never got into a rhythm. She eventually fouled out with 4:50 left after a ferocious collision with Marist’s Fortune as they went for a loose ball.
McAuley led 35-34 early in the third period when Wyderski hit her second consecutive three-pointer. It started an 11-0 run. Fortune and Naujokas combined for 13 points in the fourth period to keep the RedHawks in control.
“This is our biggest rival,” Fortune said. “We really wanted to win this game. We knew we had to take out Liz Nye to get the win, and that’s what we did.”