southtownstar
BRISK 
Weather Updates

Girls Basketball: Mother McAuley fends off Stagg

Updated: February 19, 2014 10:48PM



Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye is one opportunistic basketball player.

If the defense is looking to slow her down, Nye is more than comfortable dishing it off.

If the defense is looking to play her straight up? Well, watch out.

Nye finished with 21 points and six assists Wednesday night in a Class 4A Oak Lawn Regional semifinal as the Mighty Macs fought off Stagg 58-44.

“Early on, it was whatever Stagg was giving us,” Nye said. “If they were hedging on the screen, that means the post side was open. Erin (Drynan) hits that shot all day for us.”

Drynan rounded out McAuley’s inside-out combination, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Macs (18-8).

As for Nye, her offensive outburst came after a quiet start, McAuley going up 21-10 without a single point from its senior star.

That quickly changed.

Nye closed the half scoring eight points in a 9-1 spurt as McAuley went up 30-16 at halftime.

“I started to take what was there offensively,” Nye said. “I started to get around the screens some more, and the lane was open so that made it easier. Stagg had to start guarding Erin, start going out on Molly (O’Malley). She hits every three she takes. They make it easy on me.”

Stagg (13-14) made a game of it in the third period, hitting six three-pointers, including four by Casey McMahon, to draw to within 43-37 going to the fourth.

Nye closed things out in fundamental style in the fourth period, connecting on all six of her free-throw attempts. Raven Willis added two free throws.

Mother McAuley will play Oak Lawn at 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional title.

“They’re going to come out and battle. It’s going to be a game,” Nye said. “Do or die right now. No one wants to lose.”

McMahon finished with 15 points while Hannah Henderson had 11 points and three assists for Stagg.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.