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Girls Basketball: Crete-Monee opens strong at T.F. South tourney

Crete-Monee's #11 MarshHoward fights for ball with teammate #12 Ashley Henry Joliet West's #30 Vicky Orasco.    Crete-Monee

Crete-Monee's #11 Marsha Howard fights for the ball with teammate #12 Ashley Henry and Joliet West's #30 Vicky Orasco. Crete-Monee vs. Joliet West girls varsity basketball game at T.F. South High School in Lansing, Illinois, Wednesday, December 26, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

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Updated: January 28, 2013 3:47PM



Ashley Henry and Marsha Howard tirelessly attacked the glass for No. 10 Crete-Monee in the opener of the T.F. South Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.

The 6-foot duo seemed to grab every meaningful carom to lead their team’s 36-rebound effort. Henry finished with 14 points and 10 boards and Howard chipped in nine and 12 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted Joliet West 47-44 after taking an early 15-point lead.

The pair should continue to harass the glass for the foreseeable future. Henry is a junior and Howard a sophomore.

“We came out and crushed the boards,” Crete-Monee coach Christina Cobbins said. “Ashley is a kid that is going to get the job done by any means necessary. We came out of the half and I had a small chat with her and let her know it’s going to come down to what you do or don’t do. I told her she needed to carry the team, and that’s exactly what she did.”

Junior point guard Alexia DeBose chipped in 12 points and six-foot freshman Sara Humphrey added 10 for the Warriors (13-1).

Valencia Chandler scored 13 points off the bench for West (3-6), with most of those coming in a pivotal third-quarter stretch that kept the Tigers alive. Down 32-22, Chandler put in 10 consecutive points for her team, trimming Crete-Monee’s lead 34-32 on a three-pointer from the right side of the floor.

“We knew coming in that (Crete-Monee) started really tall and was really aggressive on the boards,” West coach Kevin Michaels said. “We started slow and didn’t pick up our intensity until the second half.”

West’s freshman sharpshooter Monica Barefield buried a pair of deep three-pointers and finished with 10 points. She had a chance to tie the game with two seconds left in the fourth quarter, but her three sailed just long off the iron.

Bradley 61, Eisenhower 43: Shavonne Lewis netted 15 points and Germeisha McGee added 11 for Eisenhower (4-9). Emily Poremba finished with a game-high 17 points for Bradley.

Thornwood 51, Shepard 24: Janeah Stewart led eight Thornwood (4-4) players in scoring with 11 points. Shepard (6-9) received nine points from Jessica Chaput.

T.F. South 68, Thornridge 49: Kaitlin Togtman scored 18 points and Ninah Bertrand chipped in 14 for T.F. South (4-7) as the Rebels outscored Thornridge 30-9 in the final quarter. Oriana Williams led Thornridge with 16 points.

Girls Basketball

Ag. Science Tournament

Bremen 45, Perspectives-Calumet 4: Maggie Hayes and Jada Figgins poured in nine points apiece for Bremen (4-7).

Evergreen Park 51, Calumet 17: Megan Beckow’s 12 points led Evergreen Park (5-6).

Dundee-Crown Tournament

No. 5 Mother McAuley 50, Bartlett 37: Lauren Carlson accumulated 19 points and 10 rebounds to boost Mother McAuley (10-2). Alyssa Siwek added 12 points for the Mighty Macs.

Lisle Tournament

Walther Lutheran 59, Mount Assisi 46: Kathleen Murphy posted a team-high 20 points for Mount Assisi (3-10).

Antioch 49, Chicago Christian 37: Kaycee Pitman had nine points to lead Chicago Christian (4-10).

Montini Tournament

No. 1 Marian Catholic 95, Westinghouse 42: Teniya Page’s 20 points paced a balanced attack for Marian Catholic (12-0). Ashton Millender added 14 points for the Spartans, Melanie Ranson scored 12 and Megan Walsh had 10.

Naples (Fla.) Shootout

North Gwinnett (Ga.) 69, No. 2 Marist 42: Marist fell to 10-2.

Riverside-Brookfield Classic

Argo 39, Reavis 29: Sharnita Breeze tossed in 16 points and Nariman Jaber scored nine to propel Argo (4-5).

State Farm Classic

No. 3 Morgan Park 62, Peoria Notre Dame 29: Shami Goodman’s 13 points sparked Morgan Park (8-1) in the Class AA bracket at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Bhrea Griffin added 10 points for the Mustangs.

Boys Basketball

DeKalb Tournament

Thornridge 71, Rochelle 47: Joe Gant scored 17 points to lift Thornridge (2-10).

Hinsdale South Tournament

No. 4 Brother Rice 66, Wheaton-Warrenville South 44: Alex Majewski netted 16 points and Matt Page scored 11 to pace Brother Rice (8-2).

Stagg 63, Highland Park 44: Sean Dwyer finished with 26 points to power Stagg (9-2). Max Strus added 15 points for the Chargers and Kevin White had 13;

Providence 74, Wheaton North 64: Kevin Kozan finished with 28 points and eight assists for Providence (8-4). Miles Boykin added 12 points for the Celtics.

Lake Forest 55, Sandburg 32: Sam Downey’s 14 points guided Lake Forest (8-2). Sandburg fell to 0-10.

Immaculate Conception/Westmont Tournament

Evergreen Park 65, Latin 60: Morgan Murphy notched 17 points and Jacquet McClendon had 12 in showing the way for Evergreen Park (2-8) at Immaculate Conception.

Elmwood Park 62, Morgan Park Academy 53: Victor Morales contributed 19 points to lead Elmwood Park at Westmont. Morgan Park Academy dropped to 3-6.

Romeoville Tournament

No. 6 Lemont 75, Fenger 63: Mike Wisz tossed in 26 points to guide Lemont (10-1) in the small school bracket.

Argo 86, Little Village 68: Dustin Krob chalked up a game-best 25 points and Jalyn Turner added 16 to spearhead Argo (4-6) in the large school bracket.

Reavis 54, Urban Prep-Bronzeville 46: Nick Bal’s 23 points enabled Reavis (8-3) to advance to the large school semifinal.

Crane 74, Chicago Christian 66: Corey Bulthuis provided 23 points for Chicago Christian (3-7) in the small school bracket.

State Farm Classic

Normal Community 52, T.F. North 29: Deland Deere (13 points) and Nick Wood (10) were the primary scorers for T.F. North (9-2) in the Class AA bracket at Normal West.

Contributing: Josh Krockey



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