Girls Basketball: OT loss to Bishop McNamara ends Morgan Park’s season
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 21, 2013 10:02PM
Morgan Park's Kiara Carter takes an off-balance shot. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 23, 2013 6:25AM
Despite struggles from the field, Morgan Park very much was in Thursday night’s 3A Peotone Sectional final.
Despite an injury to Shami Goodman, the win was there for the taking for the Mustangs.
Turnovers, though, proved to be the difference. Bishop McNamara held on to the ball. Morgan Park didn’t.
The Mustangs, committing 36 turnovers, fell 68-66 in overtime to Bishop McNamara, falling in the sectional final for a third straight year.
“They wanted it a little bit more,” Morgan Park coach Thomas Johnson said. “Turnovers tore our butts up, especially the 22 in the second half. You won’t win against a fifth- and sixth-grade team with that.”
Kierra Graves scored 22 points for Morgan Park (23-6), with Shami Goodman and Bhrea Griffin each adding 11.
Bishop McNamara (18-11) was led by Corinne O’Connor (20 points), Kyleigh Page (18) and Khadaizha Sanders (15 points, 7 assists). The Irish will meet Morton in Monday’s Pontiac Supersectional.
Trailing 66-64 with less than a minute to go in overtime, Graves drove hard to the basket for a score. Bishop McNamara decided not to call a timeout, killing the clock.
With less than 15 seconds to go, Sanders drove across the lane, drawing the defense. The sophomore found an open O’Connor under the basket for the game-winning layup with 10 seconds to go.
After a Morgan Park timeout, the Mustangs were unable to get a shot off as an aggressive Irish defense picked up a loose ball just inside the arc as time expired.
“We were looking to get a sideline drive for Kierra,” Johnson said. “It should be a layup. We lined up on the wrong side of the court.”
The fourth quarter and overtime featured eight ties and eight lead changes.
Goodman missed the fourth and some of overtime with leg cramps.
“We played tough, but it hurt us with Shami going down,” Johnson said. “A weapon we didn’t have, and no one stepped up.”