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Girls Basketball: Providence turns back Naperville North

Naperville North Head Coach JasDycus motivates his team after first quarter against Providence Catholic Naperville Thursday Dec. 12 2013. |

Naperville North Head Coach Jason Dycus motivates his team after the first quarter against Providence Catholic in Naperville on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 14, 2014 1:05PM



Alyssa Jurges scored 22 points and Providence weathered a flurry of Naperville North shot attempts in the final 19 seconds as the Celtics held on to defeat the Huskies 58-56 Thursday night at the Naperville North/Benet Basketball Tournament in Naperville.

North (5-5), which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter and eight in the third, tied Providence (8-2) six times in the fourth quarter. But the Celtics made 10-of-14 free throws in the final eight minutes, including five in the final 1:34 to win its tournament opener.

“We maintained our composure,” Jurges said. “In a situation like that, you can’t get rattled and we didn’t. We did a really good job of that.”

North scored the first four points of the game — all on free throws — before Providence found the range from the arc. The Celtics went on a 21-4 run over a 5:35 span of the first quarter, with Jurges and Maeve Garvey each contributing a pair of three-pointers.

The Huskies’ Caleigh Corbett beat the buzzer with a three to get the hosts to within 21-11 after eight minutes.

Naperville North extended its run into the second quarter, getting to within 22-19 on two free throws by Laurel Pereira with 5:01 left before the break. But a three-pointer by Garvey ended the Providence drought and helped the Celtics close the first half on a 10-6 run to take a 32-25 lead into halftime.

“We had to adjust after they started coming out on our shooters,” Jurges said. “We started driving to the basket and then kicking the ball out.”

North took its first lead since the first quarter at 44-43 on a basket by Katie Cores with 5:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But two free throws by Jurges and two more by Mary Fashingbauer (4 points, 9 rebounds) gave the Celtics a 47-44 lead.

Providence led 56-53 with 25 seconds remaining when Pereira buried a three-pointer from the left wing. But Garvey and Jurges each made a free throw in the final 34.1 and the Huskies were unable to convert several shots in the waning seconds.

“I’m very happy with the way we played,” Providence coach Eileen Coperhaver said. “We missed a couple of rebounds. We have to keep rebounding. But we had that spurt at the beginning of the game and were able to hold on.”

Garvey had 13 points and Taylor Juricek added 10 for Providence. Kayla Sharples led Naperville North with 19 points, Pereira added 11 and Cores had 10.



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