Girls Basketball: Rich South ‘up’ for Morgan Park
By Tony Baranek email@example.com February 18, 2013 7:22PM
Updated: March 20, 2013 6:32AM
Emotional victories can do strange things to a team’s momentum.
Rich South coach Brian Mays saw it almost immediately after his Stars upset Hillcrest at the Hawks’ lair in a Class 3A regional title game.
“Saturday’s practice didn’t start out like I wanted it to,” he said. “I felt like they were a little bit too loose. I basically felt like they wasted the first 18 minutes, sitting there stretching, but not stretching, going through the ballhandling drills, but not doing them properly.
“I finally brought them over and discussed with them the importance of staying focused, that it’s win or go home. The bottom line was we started practice all over, from running our laps to doing our stretches, and we had a very good practice after that.”
The extra practice may come in handy Tuesday when the No. 6 Stars (22-5) take on No. 4 Morgan Park (22-5) in the first of two games at the Class 3A Peotone Sectional. Joliet Catholic and Bishop McNamara will meet in the other semifinal.
Rich South goes into the game coming off a rugged regional final in which Tierney Lockett hit key back-to-back threes midway through the fourth quarter to put away Hillcrest. Dasia Evans also had a big game with a double-double.
Mays said he didn’t get to see much more than drives and layups when he scouted Morgan Park in the Mustangs’ 107-37 regional title win over Brooks. Bhrea Griffin led Morgan Park with 24 points.
“I watched (on the Internet) when they played Metea Valley,” Mays said. “They seem to be a team that wants to get inside of you, so that’s what we’ve been working on, making sure we’re moving our feet and closing the lanes off.”
Morgan Park looks like a new team after losing two games in a row, including the regular-season finale against Marist.
“It might have come at the right time,” Mustangs coach Thomas Johnson said. “We got it out of our sytem, hopefully.
“They had lost their focus a little bit. I think they were a little tired and weren’t playing hard. We had a meeting about it, and Chicago Christian and Brooks made us play harder.”