Girls Basketball: Mother McAuley tops Loyola to reach GCAC Red title game
By Matt Harness For Sun-Times Media January 30, 2013 10:36PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:16AM
Mother McAuley nearly lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, but the Mighty Macs found a way to beat Loyola for a second time this season, this one earning them a trip to the GCAC Red championship game with the 59-54 victory.
Alyssa Siwek, the conference’s player of the year, scored a team-high 22 points, going 7-of-8 on free throws in the fourth quarter.
“I usually put them in,” said Siwek, whose team beat the Ramblers 60-57 on Jan. 18. “Sometimes, the pressure gets to you, but it’s the easiest way to get points, so why not practice them.”
A three-pointer by Loyola’s Tyra Mills capped an 8-0 run that got the Ramblers to within 47-45 with five minutes remaining in the game. That was as close as they came the rest of the way.
Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye connected on two free throws with 30.3 seconds left that closed the door on the comeback and sent the Macs to Saturday’s title game against Trinity (21-3).
“They are a good team, and they execute well,” Loyola coach Jeremy Schoenecker said of McAuley. “When we needed some stops, we didn’t get them. But they attack the basket well.”
The Macs (19-5) took control of the contest in the second quarter and led 31-23 at halftime. Siwek then scored a basket and made one free throw late in the third quarter to help McAuley to a 45-35 advantage going into the fourth.
“My senior year has been a rush,” Siwek said. “This is a great feeling.”
Nye finished with 15 points for the Macs, and Lauren Carlson contributed 12.
Loyola’s Anna Schueler led all scorers with 25 points. The Ramblers (18-7) will play Resurrection (18-10) for third place Saturday.