Girls Basketball: Richards bows to Romeoville
By Tony Baranek email@example.com December 17, 2012 10:50PM
Allison Stazak, of Richards, goes up for the basket against Romeoville for the Oak Lawn Holiday Tournament, Monday, December 17th, 2012, in Oak Lawn, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:14AM
A 12-0 run was about as impressive as it gets.
Unfortunately for Richards it was too little, too late in a 64-51 loss Monday night to Romeoville in the Oak Lawn Girls Varsity Holiday Tournament.
Richards (5-5) was led by Georgia Danos (19 points) and Allison Stazak (12).
Kiera Currie took care of the heavy-duty scoring for Romeoville (10-1) with 23 points, while Abigail Smith contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. Angelica Osusky, who didn’t start (coach’s decision) in Saturday’s 49-29 loss to Lincoln-Way North, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Romeoville (10-1). Ten of the points came in the first half as the Spartans opened up a comfortable lead.
The Spartans started to take hold of the game with a first-quarter-ending 7-0 run that broke an 8-all tie. The run featured back-to-back pretty plays in which Osusky found Currie with passes that she converted into a three-point play and a driving layup.
Osusky did some damage in the second period, nailing a pair of three-pointers as the Spartans extended their advantage to 33-24.
Not a lot went well during that stretch for Richards, save some three-point bombs by Danos and Stasak. Romeoville also held a firm edge on the boards.
“We need to work on our boxing out a little bit,” Danos said. “We’ve just got to see where the girls are coming up from behind and just get a butt in the gut and box out for the boards.”
Trailing 58-34 with five minutes remaining in the game, Richards kicked into gear via back-to-back three-pointers by Danos. The Bulldogs would go on to score on six of their next eight possessions, drawing as close as 60-49 after a free throw by Stasak with 1:30 left.
A putback by Romeoville’s Perla Gutierrez finally ended Richards’ run.
“I just try to keep positive for my teammates all the time,” said Danos, who engineered most of the plays that translated into late baskets. “You never know when the game can change just like that.
“We caught up because we had more energy. But Romeoville is a very good team. They worked the ball around well. They’re very good.”
Oak Lawn 44, Rich East 33: Jannah Mahmoud scored 13 points and Brianna Markusic 11 for Oak Lawn (9-2).
Lincoln-Way North 53, Simeon 37: North (9-1) was led by Ashley Weringa (18 points) and Ellen Graham (14 points, 8 rebounds).
Sandburg 59, De La Salle 28: Rachel Ruzevich had 21 points and Carly Katalinic seven for Sandburg (4-6).