Girls Basketball: Marian Catholic outlasts Providence
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 29, 2014 9:20PM
Updated: January 29, 2014 10:24PM
Providence visited Marian Catholic on Wednesday night with upset on its mind.
The Celtics’ shots were dropping, and their the patient offense as slowing the Spartans. The upset was there for the taking.
And then it wasn’t, courtesy of Marian Catholic star Teniya Page. As Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver put it, just Teniya being Teniya.
“Hats off to Teniya. She was Teniya,” Copenhaver said. “She was awesome, phenomenal. In my opinion, she’s the best player in (the East Suburban Catholic) conference.”
With Marian Catholic playing minus two of its starters, Page showed why Copenhaver thinks that, scoring 33 points, dishing out five assists and adding five steals and four rebounds in a 62-49 Marian Catholic win in Chicago Heights.
The Spartans (17-4, 5-0) were without Kauai Bradley for the entire game while Ashton Millender didn’t enter the game until the fourth, both players nursing leg injuries.
For Page, it was a matter of stepping up as needed.
“I had to be more aggressive and get to my spots,” Page said. “Usually, I’m trying to get everyone else involved, but I showed I can score, too.”
Just a little.
With the game knotted at 43 through three quarters, Page blew up in the fourth, scoring or assisting on 15 of Marian’s 19 points.
She started off with a pull-up jumper from midrange, scored on a layup after a steal, then found an open Millender on the wing for a three-pointer as Marian went up 54-45 with 4:18 to go.
“In the fourth, I did everything the same. Just a good quarter,” Page said with a smile. “I knew I had to bring more to the table.”
The Spartans outscored Providence 19-6 in the final period.
Providence (15-10, 3-2) was led by Alyssa Jurges, who had 24 points, including five three-pointers.Maeve Garvey added 14 points.
“Marian picked it up a notch defensively in the fourth,” Copenhaver said. “We hit some shots (early). We understand how good they are and we tried something different defensively. You can’t run with Marian.”
The Celtics, who were 9-of-22 from three-point range, led 43-39 late in the third.