Girls Basketball: Stars come out in Mother McAuley’s win
By Tony Baranek email@example.com February 3, 2014 10:50PM
Updated: March 5, 2014 6:22AM
For most of the first quarter, Erin Drynan was sitting on the bench with more fouls than points or rebounds.
Near the end of the third quarter, Elizabeth Nye was 0-for-14 from the field and bleeding from her right elbow.
So how did they wind up among the stars that shined in Mother McAuley’s 43-34 victory over visiting Resurrection in Monday night’s GCAC Red quarterfinal?
“We don’t like losing,” Nye said with a smile. “There is no other way to put it besides that.”
Drynan produced a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Mighty Macs (16-8). Nye finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Their heroics, however, would not have been possible without Jasma Williams, who notched most of her 16 points and nine rebounds when nobody else in a McAuley uniform was having much success.
Williams scored all six first-quarter points for the Mighty Macs and had 14 at the half as McAuley held a 20-14 lead.
“I tried,” Williams said. “They’re so small, so it was get the ball in the post and I could take advantage of all the littler girls.”
It worked for awhile, but the “littler girls” fought back with quickness and suddenly deadly accuracy. The Bandits, down 23-19, sprang to life when Monica Nunez (8 points) went back-to-back with a bank-in and a three-pointer. Maddie Larsen added a three-point play during a 12-0 run that put Resurrection in front 31-23 with two minutes left in the third period.
That’s when Nye, who not only missed 14 shots but caught someone’s tooth with her right elbow and had to get it bandaged up, hit a pull-up three-pointer. Seconds later she found Drynan underneath for a layup, then spotted Molly O’Malley with a pass that she swished for a three to tie it up.
From zero to hero?
“The last few games I haven’t been starting out well. You miss a few,” Nye said, smiling. “I’m always down on myself, but I always have my teammates like Jasmine saying, ‘Let’s go,’ and telling me to keep my head up. They always tell me to keep shooting.”
Nye started the fourth period with a lean-in jumper, and McAuley extended its run to 16-0. The Mighty Macs also made a defensive change that shut the Bandits (14-11) down the rest of the way.
“We went from a man-to-man to a 1-2-2 that was really a spark on defense,” Nye said. “That got us more energy, got us moving up and down the floor.”
Drynan, meanwhile, was a force underneath over the final three quarters.
“I made it hard for myself after those first two fouls, but I just tried to stay back and keep the fouls to a minimum,” Drynan said. “It was tough even with the height advantage on the smaller girls who were quicker than me, but I tried my hardest.”