Girls Basketball: Marist holds off Homewood-Flossmoor
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org November 23, 2012 10:58PM
Marist's Leah Bolton starts an offensive run as Homewood Flossmoor's Chardae Greenlee pursues Friday in the Redhawk Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic in Chicago. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 26, 2012 6:23AM
JeTaun Rouse started the day on the bench.
She finished it by hitting host Marist’s biggest shot of the day in the No. 2 RedHawks’ 55-47 Thanksgiving tournament championship win over Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard caught a pass at the top of the key from teammate Brooke Wyderski and drove for a 6-foot floater with 1:28 remaining to break a 45-45 tie.
The RedHawks (6-0) didn’t miss a shot over their final four possessions.
“Me and Brooke have a mind-reading thing where when I’m on this wing and she’s on that wing we just look for each other,” Rouse said. “That (running floater) is my most confident shot. I practice it a lot.”
Rouse led Marist with 16 points, while Leah Bolton added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Wyderski nine points and nine rebounds and Bria Stallworth nine points.
Sydni Johnson (15 points), Chardae Greenlee (10 points), Candace Hicks (9 points, 9 rebounds) and Jailyn Norris (9 rebounds) paced No. 3 H-F (4-2).
Rouse, nursing a sore left knee, sat all but a minute on Tuesday and didn’t play at all on Wednesday. She entered Friday’s fourth-round early afternoon contest against St. Ignatius in the second quarter with the RedHawks trailing by 17 points.
Within moments, Rouse nailed a 3-pointer. She went on to score 11 points, while Bolton exploded for 26 in a 63-49 come-way-from-behind victory.
“I rested and was icing and heating it up,” Rouse said. “I thought I was ready to play today and she (Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly) put me in.”
Rouse showed no real ill effects, although she did come out on several occasions during the H-F game.
The RedHawks had several early comfortable leads, only to have H-F roar back. The Vikings made their most impressive surge from down 29-21 early in the third period, Johnson hitting back-to-back threes and Norris a layup in a span of about 45 seconds.
H-F led by as much as 40-37 early in the fourth period and created the tie at 45 on a pair of free throws by Hicks with 1:50 left to play.
The biggest trip down the court for Marist saw Wyderski fling up a wayward 3-point try, then hustle after the rebound and find Rouse open.
“Right after I shot it I knew it wasn’t going in,” Wyderski said. “So I went to go get it. When I did, I could see that (Rouse) was there.”
After Rouse’s bucket, Johnson missed at the other end while being tightly guarded by Hannah Michalek. Wyderski was subsequently fouled and drained both free throws. Bolton added four charity tosses and Wyderski a layup as the RedHawks pulled away.
“We played hard, but you could see that we got a little tired in the fourth quarter,” H-F coach Dana Noble said. “There were little detail mistakes that we made that we can work on in practice. We had some opportunities and took some poor shots at the end. If they go, it’s a different story. They didn’t go and theirs did.”
Earlier, H-F defeated T.F. North 48-21 behind nine points each by Norris and Johnson.