Girls Basketball: Mount Assisi KOs Westmont
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 18, 2014 8:26PM
Mt Assisi vs Westmont girls basketball. Westmont's Annmarie Carlson drives past Mt Assisi's #12 Marykate Wetzel. Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Mt Assisi won 37-30. photos for the Sun-Times by Brian Jackson
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:20AM
Soon, Mount Assisi will be history.
For now, though, the Eagles are having the time of their lives making it.
Tuesday night they won the school’s first Class 2A sectional game, beating Westmont 37-30 at Harper in Chicago.
Jess Moriarty, who will be looking for another school when Mount Assisi closes its doors in June, kept its state hopes alive with 14 points. MaryKate Wetzel added nine points and nine rebounds, Kathleen Murphy nine points and Terri Dearth 10 rebounds.
Westmont (12-18) was led by AnneMarie Carlson (11 points) and Mara Casper (9).
The Eagles (14-17) played with as much pep in the fourth quarter as the school had during the day.
“We actually had a pep rally (Tuesday) because no team has ever won a game in a sectional,” Moriarty said. “This was kind of a big deal for us.”
There was another motivation as well. Westmont had beaten Assisi in two regular-season meetings.
Casper, the main thorn in the Eagles’ side in the second loss with 19 points, was held to just two three-pointers and three free throws by the Eagles’ box-and-1 defense.
“We wanted to have a nice defense and not let her get a good shot,” Murphy said.
Mount Assisi didn’t exactly capitalize offensively until the fourth period.
The final tie was at 23, after which Murphy drove to the basket for a three-point play. She later added a layup, while Wetzel hit a running jumper from about eight feet.
“We just focused really hard on our shots, and instead of taking those outside shots we were missing in the first (half), we made sure we took it to the basket more,” Murphy said. “We took it strong, and made sure we got shots and those fouls.”
Moriarty took care of the rest, hitting two threes as Mount Assisi broke open a 31-29 nail-biter by outscoring Westmont 6-1 over the final three minutes.
The tears can wait.
“I don’t really cry in front of people,” Murphy said. “I feel that if I cry then someone else will cry. It’ll be dominoes. I don’t want that. So I keep a smile on my face.”
The final journey continues.