Girls Basketball: Andrew tops Tinley Park to stay unbeaten
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media December 3, 2012 10:52PM
Molly Franson, of Andrew, powers to the basket against Tinley Park at Tinley Park H.S., Monday, December 3rd, 2012, in Tinley Park, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:15AM
Andrew’s Tiana Karopulos and Tinley Park’s Diamond Beatty are natural rivals.
The seniors are star guards for the crosstown foes, both are four-year varsity performers and both are among the Southland’s top scorers.
The two staged a classic battle Monday night. Beatty held a 28-23 edge in scoring, but Karopulos led the visiting Thunderbolts to a 54-45 victory.
“It’s always fun playing against her,” Karopulos said. “I tried to show that I am (the best guard in Tinley Park), but I could have done better. I’ve got to keep working hard.”
Karopulos added four rebounds, while Molly Franson, who came off the bench after missing a practice while sick, had 16 points and seven rebounds for Andrew (5-0).
Beatty had seven rebounds for the Titans (5-4), who got five points from Caitlin Sudduth.
Karopulos scored nine in the first quarter as the Thunderbolts forced nine turnovers and jumped to a 15-6 lead.
Andrew, despite committing 23 turnovers, held a relatively comfortable lead most of the way. When Franson scored five points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, the visitors led 44-26.
The Titans’ press caused fits late, though, and they climbed to within 46-37 with 3:43 left before Karopulos scored on a pair of drives to the hoop and hit two free throws to seal the victory.
“They went after each other,” Andrew coach Bobby Matz said of the guards. “Diamond played a really nice game and Ti did what we needed her to do. She was able to make use of her teammates.”
Beatty scored 18 points in the second half.
“It was fun,” she said. “Our team played with the most effort I’ve ever seen us play with. We still have to get better. We want to beat teams like Andrew.”
Georgia Alexakos had six points and eight rebounds for Andrew while Samantha Alberto chipped in four points and seven rebounds for the Titans.