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Girls Basketball: Marian Catholic finds range vs. Bishop McNamara

Updated: March 12, 2014 6:21AM



Marian Catholic was astoundingly bad at shooting the ball during the first quarter of Monday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference game against Bishop McNamara.

Soon, however, the Spartans would become absolutely three-mendous.

All six shots they made in the second period were from beyond the arc, and gave them some separation. Defense at the start of the third period opened up all facets as Marian eventually cruised 71-40.

Ashton Millender led the way for the Spartans (20-4, 7-0) with 25 points. Teniya Page added 13 points and Gabrielle Cooper 11, while Dajhae Mullins had eight rebounds.

Khadaizha Sanders and Jenna Stauffenberg each had nine points for Bishop McNamara (19-5, 6-2).

The win by the Spartans set up a first-place showdown Wednesday at Joliet Catholic.

“It should be a good game,” Page said. “I’m just going to go out there and play. Anything can happen. I might get hot or I might be cold. We might be hot as a team or be cold as a team.

“As far as (Joliet Catholic), they’re a really good team. We’ll see what happens Wednesday.”

Marian Catholic was colder than cold, 3-of-17 from the field in a first quarter that ended with Bishop McNamara in front 9-7. On one possession, the Spartans missed five shots, three from inside the paint.

“That was frustrating,” Page said. “But then once I got to the bench the assistant coaches reminded me that I’d just have to play through it.”

Page opened the second period with a three. Millender followed with another. The Spartans still had their problems converting from the paint, but used three threes by Millender, two by Page and one by Cooper to take a 25-20 advantage into halftime.

“I kept missing, but just knew I had to keep shooting and it was going to start falling sooner or later,” Millender said. “We just tried to look for the open shot. If the three is open, we can take it, and hopefully, it goes in.”

The third period began with a steal by Kauai Bradley, who fed Millender for layup. Seconds later, Millender made a steal and fed Bradley for a layup. Millender then swished a three-pointer. Suddenly, it was 32-22 and the Spartans were off and running.

Marian hit its first eight shots of the third quarter, plus was 3-of-3 from the line. It finished the period 12-of-14, with Millender ending it by nailing a three while being clobbered, then converting the four-point play.

Page’s three to start the fourth quarter left Marian with 12 for the night.



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