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Girls Basketball: Andrew bottles up Stagg

Updated: February 24, 2013 6:30AM



The SouthWest Suburban Red race officially is up for grabs.

Andrew created the chaos Tuesday night, riding a powerful fourth quarter by Molly Franson to a 42-31 victory over No. 8 Stagg.

The win drew the visiting Thunderbolts (16-4, 6-2) into a tie in the loss column with Stagg (15-5, 7-2), which is on a two-game conference losing streak. Lincoln-Way North also had two losses in conference entering Tuesday.

Franson, who had just one field goal and seven points Dec. 11 in a 41-22 loss to Stagg, totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 forward scored eight of her points in the fourth period, which saw Andrew break open what was going in was a two-point game.

“We executed. We played as a team,” Franson said of the late breakaway. “They’re a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them. But we really just came out and did what we were told to do.”

Buoyed by early three-pointers from Nicole Dominguez (10 points), Andrew led 14-8 after one period. Stagg made up that difference and led 26-22 midway through the third quarter after a three-point play by Revi McMahon (16 points). But a chain reaction of events turned the tables one more time.

After Tiana Karopulos (8 points) drew Andrew to within one with a driving layup, Amy Jendra converted a putback to tie it. Then, with 53.9 seconds left in the period, a jump ball skirmish resulted in McMahon being assessed a technical foul.

Karopulos went to the line and sank both shots to make it 28-26 Thunderbolts at the break. Stagg turned the ball over on its first possession of the fourth quarter, and Andrew pounced on the chance with a layup by Georgia Alexakos. Franson followed with a putback, but her biggest dagger probably was a three-point swish with 4:08 left that made it 35-28.

“We were in good control when it was 28-28 and we had the ball,” Stagg coach Bill Turner said. “Then we got the technical and it changed the whole momentum of the game. And I thought we did a good job on Tiana, and Molly scored 16. But really, they only scored 42 points (as a team) so I thought we did a good job defensively. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”



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