Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook wears out Stagg
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media January 8, 2014 10:14PM
Updated: January 8, 2014 10:18PM
The last play of the first quarter was an indication of where Wednesday night’s game between Bolingbrook and Stagg was headed.
Poised in the lane, Alecia Gulledge was quick to react after two missed free throws by Bolingbrook teammate Aaliyah Cowan. Gulledge scored on the putback to give host Bolingbrook a 19-12 lead and provide a spark into the second quarter.
The Raiders then went ahead 25-12 and held Stagg scoreless for almost six minutes in the second period on their way to a 59-49 SouthWest Suburban Blue win.
“Those energy plays matter a lot,’’ Bolingbrook coach Chris Smith said. “Alecia is one of those players who has the potential to do that game in and game out.’’
While Gulledge made a key contribution off the bench, guard Aysia Bugg led all scorers with 19 points and center Ryaen Johnson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
“The first half I definitely got off to a slow start,’’ the 6-foot-2 Johnson said. “My coach was saying to post up strong and go to work. That was a factor in me performing better in the second half.’’
“She’s our main inside presence,’’ Smith said. “I’m willing to force feed her the ball and make her become an offensive presence. We made a commitment to go to her more in the second half.’’
Bolingbrook (8-2, 3-0) took advantage of 14 Stagg turnovers in the first half to build a 27-17 halftime lead.
“I think if we took care of the ball a little bit better and rebounded a little better, I think the score maybe would have been a little different,’’ Stagg coach Bill Turner said.
Cierra Stanciel had seven points and Cowan six for Bolingbrook, which had nine players make the scorebook. Stanciel hit a three-pointer and had a steal and assist to open the fourth quarter and put the Raiders ahead 55-39.
“We had an opportunity to get a lot of girls in,’’ Smith said. “We can get better. To get everyone minutes, there’s no substitute for that.’’
Center Mia DiGiacomo led Stagg (6-8, 0-3) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Henderson contributed 14 points.
DiGiacomo acknowledged the depth of Bolingbrook’s roster is tough to overcome.
“They’re always fresh and we’re running back and forth, but I think we stayed with them pretty well,’’ DiGiacomo said.
“They put in a great effort to the end,’’ said Turner, whose team already has faced conference powers Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way East and Bolingbrook.