Girls Basketball: Heady helps Hillcrest storm past Shepard
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org December 19, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: January 21, 2014 11:31AM
Sherrise Heady had a game to remember Thursday night to help Hillcrest in an 84-36 South Suburban crossover victory over Shepard.
The 5-foot-11 guard/forward hit for a trio of three-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Her big sister, Shannise Heady, to be sure, will hear about it.
“She’ll tell me, ‘Good game. Keep it up,’ ” Sherrise Heady said with a smile.
Sherrise is following in some pretty large footsteps.
Shannise Heady was a leader for a Hillcrest team in 2011-12 that advanced to the Class 3A state finals. She closed her career as a Hawk as the 2011-12 SouthtownStar Player of the Year, and is now a sophomore at Eastern Michigan.
“She is my idol,” Sherrise Heady said. “I want to be just like her. It’s very hard, though, following in her footsteps. Sometimes I try too hard. But I know I have to be myself. I can’t be her.”
Tanzania Sherrill (14 points), Nadika Jackson (14 points), Shayla Joyner (11 points, 9 rebounds) and Aliah Acker (11 points) all contributed to a balanced attack by Hillcrest (7-3, 4-0).
Shepard (2-9, 0-4) was paced by Dae Jae Williams (13 points) and Courtney Dalton (5 points, 8 rebounds).
Heady’s first two long-range buckets came during a 17-0 run by the Hawks after they had fallen behind 1-0 on a free throw by Shepard’s Heather Banis.
The Astros made a spirited run at the end of the first period to close to within 21-14, but a big second period by Joyner helped the Hawks begin to ease away.
The win gives the Hawks a bit of momentum going into the Hillcrest Holiday Classic, where they are seeded third behind Joliet Catholic and Bolingbrook.
“I’m ready, and I think we’re going to do well and get far,” Sherrill said. “I think we’ve been doing better than what people were expecting of us.
“It’s tough because we’ve got a lot of seniors, and for me (as a junior) to lead is tough, but I think I’ve been doing a nice job at it.”