Girls Basketball: Morgan Park outlasts Marist
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 10, 2014 8:54PM
Updated: February 11, 2014 2:12AM
A 4-of-19 shooting performance in a Public League semifinal loss to Brooks sure was some solid motivation for Morgan Park’s Shami Goodman.
Monday night, she got some more, with the Mustangs falling behind visiting Marist 25-7 through one quarter.
Goodman stepped up in a big way, shaking off her team’s and her individual shooting woes. She scored 13 points to spark a comeback in the second quarter and made all the plays down the stretch in a physical 61-53 Mustangs win.
“That loss to Brooks was huge motivation because we’ve got to get ready for state playoffs,” Goodman said. “This year we want to make it all the way, and we’re not looking back.”
Goodman finished with 27 points and four steals to lead Morgan Park (19-4). Tammy Russell (11 points) and Cachet Johnson (10) also contributed. Brooke Wyderski led Marist (11-13) with 18 points, including five three-pointers. Skylar Patterson added 14 points.
The Mustangs chipped away at Marist’s double-digit first-half lead, finally going ahead late in the third period. Goodman took care of the rest.
“We need that senior leadership, and she’s done it all year,” Morgan Park coach Kedonica Taylor said of Goodman. “Throw away the bad game, and that’s what leaders do.”
With Morgan Park up 49-47 late in the game, Goodman drove hard down the lane, drawing the defense before finding Russell for a wide-open layup. Goodman added three more free throws to extend the lead to 54-52 with 39 seconds remaining.
“We were dragging early, just not being ourselves,” Goodman said. “Free throws win games, and every possession counts.”
The game took a turn for the worse in the closing seconds. Marist was called for an intentional foul while trailing 54-53, then was whistled for an intentional foul after two more Goodman free throws.
Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly was called for a technical for arguing the calls. Morgan Park hit 7-of-8 free throws over the final 16 seconds.
“All I’ll say, I didn’t agree with the first call,” an upset Connolly said. “We had their girl trapped at halfcourt and we were going for the ball. With the game close, a winnable game, to make that call, (the officials) made sure it wasn’t going to be a winnable game.”