Girls Basketball: Mother McAuley stumbles vs. Trinity
By George Wilcox For Sun-Times Media January 10, 2013 10:50PM
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:38PM
Trinity coach Ed Stritzel prepared his team to do whatever it took to keep Mother McAuley’s Alyssa Siwek from scoring anywhere near 37 points.
That was Siwek’s total in McAuley’s previous game, an upset win Tuesday over No. 2 Marist. No. 5 Trinity limited Siwek to 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting in a 64-57 victory Thursday night to determine sole possession of first place in the GCAC Red.
The defending conference champion Blazers (13-2, 5-0) scored 18 of the first 23 points to open the game. Freshman Annie McKenna scored season highs of 20 points and four three-pointers.
Trinity did not score a basket in the final five minutes, but shot 9-of-12 from the free-throw line during that span to stay ahead. The Blazers led 22-7 early in the second quarter and 39-22 at halftime, but lost their large lead in the fourth quarter.
The No. 6 Macs (13-5, 3-1) pulled to within five points four times in the quarter. Siwek’s only basket in the second half, a driving layup, pulled McAuley to within 60-55 with 1:28 remaining. Siwek fouled out 22 seconds later.
She had 16 points in the fourth quarter of McAuley’s 79-67 victory over Marist.
“I thought we’d bring that emotion into this game,” McAuley coach Ashley Luke-Clanton said. “We came in off that high. I was hoping we were capable (of it again).”
The game turned into a slugfest in the second half with four players competing with four fouls. Siwek was the only player to foul out. Loyola-bound Taylor Nazon had 17 points, including a 9-of-13 showing at the line, for the Blazers while Shannon McGinnis (8 rebounds) and Lauren Prochaska scored 12 points each.
Lauren Carlson (9 rebounds) led the Macs with 14 points. Elizabeth Nye added 11.
The Blazers scored 15 consecutive points in the first quarter after McAuley took a 5-3 lead. Trinity went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter.