Girls Basketball: Marian Catholic trims Sandburg, claims regional
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media February 20, 2014 9:48PM
Updated: February 21, 2014 2:19AM
Teniya Page wasn’t looking to be aggressive at the start of the game.
But when the Marian Catholic guard decided to turn it up, so did her team.
Page scored 19 points and added four assists, most of those to Ashton Millender, who finished with a game-high 22 points. The duo propelled the defending Class 4A state champion Spartans to a huge third quarter on their way to a 58-25 victory Thursday night over Sandburg the title game of the Class 4A Sandburg Regional.
It was the 14th straight regional title for the Spartans (24-4), who advanced to the Bloom Sectional, where they will play Lincoln-Way East in a semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“I wasn’t looking to be aggressive early and had six turnovers,” Page said of her total in the game. “But the team told me not to worry about it. I know what I can do and I just had be aggressive starting in the second quarter.”
Sandburg (18-12) had an 8-0 run in the middle of the first quarter to take an 8-4 lead. Sam Youngwirth scored six of her team-high 13 points in the run. Marian Catholic regrouped in the final two minutes of the period, scoring the last six points to go ahead for good at 10-8.
Page turned it on in the second quarter, scoring 10 points. Ahead 14-12, the Spartans ended the half on a 14-5 spurt. Millender had five points in the stretch and Page scored six, including hitting back-to-back jumpers from just inside the three-point line in the final 36 seconds for a 28-17 halftime lead.
Millender opened the second half with a three-pointer and Page converted two turnovers into a three-pointer and a layup as Marian Catholic scored eight points in the first 55 seconds of the third quarter to increase the lead to 19 points.
“I got in that mind-set,” Page said. “Then once they paid more attention to me, Ashton got rolling.”
Millender scored 13 points in the third quarter, including seven straight in a 14-0 run that ended the third and put the Spartans ahead 53-22.
“We always come out and talk about winning the first two minutes of the third quarter,” Millender said. “On defense we had to close out on their shooters and pick up the intensity.”
Kaitlyn Sedor scored seven points and Kauai Bradley added seven rebounds and five steals for the Spartans, who’ve won 11 in a row.
“It’s always very good to win a regional,” Millender said. “Stage 1 is complete. Now we want to build all the way to the top.”