Girls Basketball: Reavis tops Evergreen Park in OT
By Tony Baranek email@example.com February 11, 2014 8:40PM
Updated: March 13, 2014 6:39AM
Reavis finished last season with seven varsity players and eight victories.
The Rams are 14 strong now, and Tuesday night scored their 16th win in a 54-50 South Suburban Red overtime thriller vs. Evergreen Park.
Double the roster, double the wins. Double the fun?
“It’s so crazy. As a team we’re so close,” Rams center Paulina Gal said. “I’ve never been on a team where we all get along. We’re so close as a team we just stick together and motivate each other to push. We want to put our best out there.”
The Rams definitely bonded when they needed to, rallying from a 12-point third-quarter deficit, then hitting free throws in overtime to secure the victory.
Katelyn LoRusso led the way for Reavis (16-9, 9-4) with 22 points, while Ashley Galason added 11 points, Natalie Dudek 11 points, and Gal nine points and eight rebounds.
Megan Pfister (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Zoe Monks (16 points) led Evergreen Park (13-13, 4-8).
Reavis will finish with its first winning season since the Bill Smiles-coached Rams went back-to-back with 21-5 and 14-11 records from 1995 through ’97.
“At the start (of the season) I was pretty excited,” LoRusso said. “After being up on last year on the varsity with only seven girls, having this big of a team made it easier. And I liked the girls who came up this year. We’re good together.”
Evergreen Park tested Reavis’ mettle midway through the third period, using a 10-0 run to break open what had been a one-point game. Pfister and Monks were at the heart of it with a three-pointer and a three-point play, respectively. Monks later added a trey to make it 40-28.
The final minute of the quarter saw Reavis gain a spark, when Dudek scored on a running bank-in, Galason hit a free throw and Gal a layup to cut the deficit to seven.
Evergreen Park led 50-43 three minutes into the fourth quarter when the Mustangs went into a deep freeze that saw them not score on their final 20 possessions.
Reavis, meanwhile, scored seven points over the final 3:20 on a running bank-in and a three by LoRusso, and got the game-tying basket by Gal on a throw-in by LoRusso.
Gal broke the tie with 1:23 remaining in overtime by hitting both ends of a 1-and-1, and on the Rams’ next possession Dudek did the same.
“We’ve been playing good as a team, and we’ve been finishing (games) lately,” LoRusso said. “It’s been pretty good.”