Girls Basketball: Seton wins sectional — and ends run by Mount Assisi
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 20, 2014 9:56PM
Seton vs. Mount Assisi: Mount Assisi's #12 MaryKate Wetzel goes for 2 points. Seton won 45-37. February 20, 2014. | Brian Jackson~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2014 9:02AM
MaryKate Wetzel and Terri Dearth watched as Seton received its title plaque after Thursday night’s 45-37 victory at the Class 2A Harper Sectional.
The tears for the Mount Assisi duo hadn’t fallen yet. Perhaps not until the locker room.
Perhaps not even then.
“It doesn’t feel the end,” Wetzel said. “It probably won’t feel the end for me until (Friday) when there isn’t a practice.”
There will be no more basketball practices ever again at Mount Assisi, which is closing its doors for good in June.
Not so at Seton, where the Sting will practice in preparation for Monday’s River Forest Supersectional at Concordia.
“A three-peat. Our third time winning sectionals in three years,” a jubilant Ebony Bailey said. “We just want to keep going and win a supsersectional and go downstate.”
Bailey was a standout Thursday for Seton (19-8), scoring 22 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Mariah Cole added six points and nine rebounds. Brittany Harderman had five points and six boards for the winners.
Wetzel closed her high school career with 14 points and five rebounds. Jess Moriarty added 10 points, while Dearth had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (14-18).
It was an amazing postseason run for Mount Assisi, which never had won a sectional game before Tuesday’s victory over Westmont.
“The postseason just lined up for us,” Wetzel said. “It was all teams we had played before, starting with Lisle and then Westmont and then Seton. We just wanted to keep going.”
The Eagles gave it a good shot, building as much as an eight-point lead in the first half. But Bailey took over for the Sting in the second half, scoring 17 of her 22 points over the final 16 minutes.
The first break of the game was a bad one for Seton.
It was tied at 15 with 2:51 left in the first half when Harderman slipped and fell on a wet spot under the basket. She was assisted off the court with a left ankle issue.
Mount Assisi pounced.
On the Eagles’ next trip, Dearth swished a three. After a Seton, Wetzel cashed on a lean-in jumper. Dearth added a free throw and Wetzel a putback to complete an 8-0 run. It was 24-18 Mount Assisi at halftime.
“We tried to motivate ourselves as best we could,” Dearth said. “I believe we played with heart and left it on the floor.”
Seton caught and passed Assisi with a 12-2 spurt to open the third period, two daggers being threes by Bailey and Alfatinee Boyd. The Eagles got to within 34-31 early in the fourth period on the third trey of the night by Dearth. At the other end Harderman, who had returned for the second half, hit a free throw to ignite another 5-0 outburst that got the Sting the separation it needed.
The end came on a missed three try by the Eagles.
“We just couldn’t finish the game the way we wanted to,” Dearth said.
“I believe we had a great season. Our season was just how we wanted it to be, just not the perfect ending.
“It’ll be very tough to try and cope with. As seniors we’ve been preparing for this day. But now that school is closing in general, everybody is taking it really hard today. We’ll have to talk ourselves through this one.”