Girls Basketball: Tinley Park falls to Coal City in Beecher semifinals
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media November 25, 2013 11:10PM
Updated: December 27, 2013 6:36AM
Starting no one taller than 5-foot-9, Coal City has little to no height to speak of.
The Coalers have to do something to counter that lack of skyscrapers.
“Coach (Brad Schmitt) says we walk into gyms like choirs but play like a biker gang,” Coal City’s Britta Spelde said with a smile. “We practice well and have this good chemistry (as a team) that nobody can beat.”
Playing in the semifinals of the Beecher Thanksgiving tournament Monday night, Coal City kept the ball moving almost non-stop, playing a team game to a 46-36 win over Tinley Park.
Coal City (4-0) will play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for the championship.
Spelde led all scorers, dropping 18 points to go with strong efforts from Madyson Bunton (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Nicole Borgetti (9 points).
Sam Alberto led Tinley Park (2-3) with 12 points and nine rebounds. Kaitlyn Sebastian and Caitlin Sudduth scored eight points apiece.
Without a dominant post player to dump the ball into, Coal City has gone to the other extreme, running a motion offense with constant passes, cuts and back cuts.
The Coalers had 17 baskets Monday, 15 of them coming on assists.
“It’s fun for us moving the ball around because when we do it, we see a lot,” Coal City point guard Brittany Jezik said. “There’s so many open spaces so if we see someone cutting, there it is. The faster we move it, the better it is.”
Behind two three-pointers from Borgetti and another from Makenna Emerson in the second quarter, Coal City went up 24-16 at the half and never looked back.
Tinley Park drew to within six points (33-27) late in the third, but the Coalers answered with a Bunton baseline jumper on a nice pass from Jezik (5 assists).
“We haven’t had a game yet where we’ve all played our best game,” Spelde said. “The rest of us are able to pump up and fill in the spots.”
Tinley Park committed 21 turnovers to just 10 for Coal City. The Titans shot 15-of-33 from the field.
“Turnovers have killed us in our three losses,” Tinley Park coach Jason Becker said. “It’s a work in progress, and we’ll clean it up.”
Peotone 50, Shepard 31: Cora Graffeo (18 points) and Emily Carstens (17) led Peotone (4-1), which will play Coal City in the championship. Dae Jae Williams had nine points for Shepard (1-4). Myrissha Mitchell added eight.