Girls Basketball: A Page of success stories at Marian Catholic
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 3, 2014 9:06PM
Marian Catholic's Teniya Page drives past Jackie Kemph, of Rolling Meadows, during a game in January. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 5, 2014 6:22AM
Teniya Page has great memories of the thrills and big moments during Marian Catholic’s stretch run last season to an East Suburban Catholic Conference championship and ultimately a 33-1 record and a Class 4A state title.
What she remembers most, however, is the attitude the team had as it all began to unfold.
“We were all talking together about how composed we needed to be,” Page said. “We told ourselves how we needed to take it one game at a time for the rest of the season.”
They’re in a similar situation going into the final two weeks of the regular season, sitting at the top of the ESCC with Joliet Catholic and at 18-4 poised for another run at state.
“Yeah. It pretty much feels the same,” Page said. “I’m very excited, eager to see what happens.”
Page finished 2012-13 with 12.6 points and 4.6 assists per game. Her numbers in those categories are about the same this season (12.5 points, 3.8 assists), but her leadership abilities continue to grow.
“Teniya controls the tempo for us, and on our team that’s one of the biggest things,” Spartans coach Dan Murray said. “As much as we have the ball in her hands, and her ability to make decisions, you just can’t say enough how much of an integral part of our team she is.
“With her work ethic and dedication, she’s going to do nothing but get better as well.”
On Jan. 29, the Spartans went into a game against Providence down two players who were nursing leg injuries. Page stepped up and scored 33 points and also had five assists, five steals and four rebounds as Marian prevailed 62-49.
“My role has increased from being the sophomore point guard to the junior who knows I have to step up and be a leader,” she said. “It’s in my mind-set, and when I have to, I just do it.
“At certain times I need to score more, but if I don’t and we still win, it’s really not that big of a deal.”
Page, a resident of Chicago, grew up in the city and played grammar school basketball at Beasley Elementary School, where one of her teams won the city championship.
“I played alongside Kierra Lewis (who plays at Young) on the same AAU team and went to the same grammar school,” she said. “I had to play the point because she was more offensive minded at the time, and after that I just kind of stuck with it.”
Page said she followed another childhood friend, Ashton Millender, to Marian Catholic. They’ve posted a 71-17 record as members of the Spartans varsity.
If she wanted, Page could have been a softball player.
“I was good at softball, but it bored me to a point,” Page said. “I was also kind of scared because my sister one time broke her hand on a popup because of the way she hit it.
“And it was cold,” she said with a chuckle. “I don’t like cold weather.”