Women’s College Basketball: Kennedy-King tops South Suburban College
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 18, 2014 8:08PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:19AM
South Suburban College’s women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome two major problems Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs couldn’t hit shots, finishing 24-of-73 from the field and 1-of-15 from beyond the arc, the one made three-pointer coming in the game’s final minute.
Then there was the play of Kennedy-King forward Antania Hayes, who dominated South Suburban to the tune of 20 points and 26 rebounds.
It added up to a long night for South Suburban, which suffered a 64-59 loss in South Holland.
“We were horrible, and capitalize the ‘Horrible,’ ” South Suburban coach Darrell Scott said. “It was probably our worst game of the season. We just didn’t play hard. They really played much harder than we did. We were so passive all night.”
The 6-foot-1 Hayes, who came in averaging 26 points and 19 rebounds for the Statesmen (17-7), was held to six points in the first half but took over after the break.
“If she really went after it, she could have scored 40,” Scott said. “We couldn’t handle her.”
Bloom alums Breanne Perry (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Mariah Middleton (10 points) and T.F. South product Megan Majors (11 points) led the Bulldogs (15-11).
Down 26-24 at halftime, South Suburban opened the second half on an 8-1 surge to grab a five-point lead. Kennedy-King responded with a 14-2 burst of its own.
The Bulldogs got to within 56-52 on Middleton’s bucket with 3:43 left, but couldn’t handle Hayes or muster enough offense late.
“We took bad shots,” Scott said. “When you’re swinging the ball and just rushing up shots, you’re not going to make many. When we started going to the basket, we had success. So what do we do? We make three straight layups then go back to rushing jump shots.”
Alyssa Gebo had eight points for South Suburban. Kendra Wilson finished with 17 for Kennedy-King.