Girls Basketball: Marist tops T.F. North for regional title
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2014 9:10PM
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:45AM
Marist’s road to a Class 4A T.F. North Regional title got a lot easier when Homewood-Flossmoor was banished Wednesday from the state playoffs by the IHSA.
Not that it seemed that way after the first two minutes Friday night.
The host Meteors scrapped their way to a 4-0 lead, and at halftime were chasing just 11 points.
Brooke Wyderski, however, went on a three spree that quickly turned a competitive game into a 67-41 Marist runaway.
The 5-foot-11 forward was 5-of-5 from beyond the arc in the third period, hit six three-pointers in all and finished with 31 points. Tehya Fortune added 17 points for the RedHawks (13-15).
Chanel Howard ended her high school career with 23 points, while Esther Fagbemi added 12 rebounds for T.F. North (10-14).
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“Whatever team we have handed to us we’re going to try our best to do whatever we can to win,” Wyderski said.
Marist advanced to play Oak Lawn (27-1) in Tuesday’s Bloom Sectional semifinals.
After T.F. North scored the first four points, on baskets by Michelle Pruitt and Fagbemi, Marist shook off an 0-of-3 reading with a layup by Skylar Patterson. It started an 11-0 run that included a three-pointer by Fortune.
Fortune finished the first quarter with 10 points as Marist led 20-11. Wyderski, meanwhile, started to get rolling in the second period, first working inside before going to the perimeter and hitting her first three late in the half to make it 32-17.
T.F. North showed some fight in the final minute of the half, Kaitlin Adams and Howard each swishing two free throws.
“We definitely came out with an aggressive start,” Howard said. “Marist caught on to what we were doing, though, and picked up the pace.”
Wyderski picked up where she left off at the end of the first half by hitting a three to start the third period. Then she hit another one. And another one. And two more.
At one point in the third period Wyderski was outscoring T.F. North 15-1 and her own teammates 15-0.
She simply couldn’t miss.
“I get really happy (then),” Wyderski said, laughing. “I missed a lot of them in the first half actually, so I was happy when they started actually going in.”
Wyderski and Fortune combined for 48 points, essentially trading off scoring streaks.
“It just happens,” Fortune said, smiling. “I don’t know. We play hard and things go good for us, I guess.”