College Basketball: South Suburban has quite the balancing act
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media December 19, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: January 21, 2014 11:24AM
Balance is the name of the game for South Suburban College’s women’s basketball team, which has rode a team mentality to a 9-4 record.
The Bulldogs don’t have anyone averaging 11 points or more a game, but that hasn’t stopped them from piling up wins.
After a 3-3 start, South Suburban has won six of its last seven games.
“We’re not a team that’s going to have someone scoring 20 points a game,” South Suburban coach Darrell Scott said. “We’ll have games where we have four to six kids in double figures, though. We’re tough to defend because anyone can be the player that steps up and scores.”
Guard Megan Majors (T.F. South) leads the Bulldogs, averaging 10.4 points per game. Forward Breanne Perry (Bloom) is right behind at 10.2. Thornwood product Melissa Blanco (8.2), Alyssa Gebo (7.4) and Morgan Park alum Maryam Muhammad (6.1) all chip in as well.
“We have a lot of guards,” Blanco said. “We have a lot of scorers and a lot of finishers. We have a lot of balance and we move the ball around. We don’t care who scores. We just find the open player.”
The Bulldogs are in the midst of a month-long slate of road games. They’ll compete in the Illinois Central College Lady Cougar Classic from Dec. 28 to 30, followed by four more road games before returning home Jan. 18 to take on Moraine Valley.
St. Xavier’s men’s team will host its three-day Midwest Tournament from Saturday to Monday, and the eight-team field is loaded.
“It’s going to be a great tournament and a great challenge for us,” St. Xavier coach Tom O’Malley said. “Five of the eight teams are ranked and the other three are very good teams as well.”
In addition to the Cougars, ranked No. 10 in NAIA Division II, the tournament will feature No. 9 Davenport (Mich.), No. 14 Bellevue (Neb.), No. 21 St. Ambrose (Iowa) and No. 25 Lourdes (Ohio).
St. Xavier opens the tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday against Goshen (Ind.). Aquinas (Mich.) and Viterbo (Wis.) round out the field.
The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.
Trolls take two
Trinity Christian’s men’s and women’s teams each picked up wins Saturday.
The men topped Indiana University-Northwest 71-61 in Gary behind Jared Jones, who canned five three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Jake Van Den Berg added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Hehir (Lemont) had 12 points.
Caitlin Cody (Mother McAuley) finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the women’s 77-74 win over Goshen. Holly Boetsma and Allie Paluchniak each had 17 points and six rebounds.
Both teams are 4-10.