Girls Basketball: Fenwick topples Marist 99-97 in OT
By George M. Wilcox For Sun-Times Media December 8, 2012 10:12PM
A game that featured a combined 81 baskets and 16 three-pointers came down to free throws. Fenwick made them. Marist didn’t.
Two free throws by Fenwick senior forward Eva Brundage made the difference as the Friars upset No. 2 Marist 99-97 Saturday in overtime. Brundage’s foul shots with 1.6 seconds remaining in the extra period handed the RedHawks their first loss at home in over a year in an East Suburban Catholic Conference showdown.
“We just played strong. We played fast,” Brundage said. “That’s our game this year.”
After Brundage’s free throws, Marquette-bound Je’Taun Rouse took the game’s last shot but the 5-foot-8 guard missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
The Friars (8-0, 2-0) pushed the pace with their Fenwick Frenzy offense, which is in its second year. Fenwick coach Dave Power attempts to score 80 points per game by trying to take 40 two-point baskets and 40 three-point shots. He uses 12 players with mass substitutions during the game.
Jade Owens scored three of Fenwick’s four baskets in overtime to finish with 28 points, 22 in the second half. Owens’ driving layup put the Friars ahead 94-90 and Brundage (17 points, 5 rebounds) scored the game’s final five points for the Friars.
“I’ve never seen a game like that,” Owens said. “It was a tremendous team effort. Everyone in the game contributed.”
Rouse scored 20 of her 37 points in the second half, but made just one basket in overtime for Marist (8-1, 1-1).
The game ended tied 88-88 in regulation after Illinois-bound Leah Bolton’s free throw with 9.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Bolton made one of two foul shots and ended a streak of nine consecutive missed free throws in the game for the RedHawks.
Fenwick had two opportunities to win the game at the end of the fourth, but Owens missed a layup and Maya Garland (17 points, 6 rebounds) missed a three-point attempt.
Marist was on pace to score nearly 120 points after leading 28-22 to end the first quarter. In the third quarter, Fenwick outscored the RedHawks 28-22.
“It was a crazy, amazing high-scoring game,” Rouse said. “I enjoyed it.”
“We’re a running team, too,” Marist coach Mary Pat Connelly said. “We wanted to (limit) plays for Jade Owens, Maggie Reilly and the Garland kid. (The end) was a matter of who was in the best shape. If we made free throws, it may have been a different outcome.”
Eight players in the game reached double figures in scoring, including Bolton (23), Bria Stallworth (20) and Lizzie Zaleski (13) for Marist and Jennifer Mackowiak (10) for Fenwick.
Marist shot 44-of-69 from the field, including 3-of-8 on three-pointers. Fenwick was 37-for-74 (13-for-36 on three-pointers). The RedHawks were 6-of-16 at the foul line, while Fenwick was 12-of-24.