Girls Basketball: Crete-Monee outlasts Rich South
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 9, 2014 9:24PM
Updated: February 11, 2014 6:29AM
A crazy fourth quarter was about to get crazier.
With Crete-Monee holding a slim three-point lead with just seconds remaining Thursday night at Rich South, Warriors forward Marsha Howard watched a potential game-tying three-pointer arc through the air.
“I was thinking, ‘Please don’t go in,’ ” Howard said with a smile. “ ‘I don’t have time for overtime. Please don’t go in.’ ”
But as back and forth, as odd as the fourth quarter had been, there was no overtime. Rich South’s Tierra Webb’s three-point try from the wing rimmed out with four seconds to go. Lindzy Cox rebounded the ball to preserve Crete-Monee’s 43-40 Southland win in Richton Park.
Howard (10 points, 14 rebounds) was everywhere for Crete-Monee (13-5, 5-0). With 3:08 left in the game, her pull-up jumper from just beyond the free-throw line put the Warriors up 43-40.
In the final minute, Howard picked up a Rich South turnover.
Style points for this one? Nope. Howard and Co. will settle for being in the driver’s seat in the race for the Southland title.
“When we’re not too good on offense, we focus on defense and getting those rebounds,” Howard said. “We want to push the ball and get transition buckets, especially if we’re not executing on offense.”
Alexia DeBose (12 points), Ashley Henry (10) and Cox (8) also contributed for the Warriors.
“No matter what’s going on offensively, Marsha always crashes the boards,” Crete-Monee coach Christina Cobbins said. “She gets it done when it counts.”
Rich South (10-7, 2-2) found itself in a close game despite some epic struggles from the field and holding on to the ball. The Stars didn’t score a basket in the fourth period, missing all 11 field-goal attempts they took, including five layups and putbacks on one possession, and didn’t score over the game’s final 4:19.
“Usually, we’re much better in the fourth quarter,” Rich South coach Brian Mays said. “We always talk about finishing. We get in a hurry when really we need to just focus on hitting the square on the backboard.”
Webb (12 points), Tierney Lockett (11) and Dasia Evans (10) led Rich South.