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Women’s Basketball: Moraine tips South Suburban to reach final

Moraine Valley's Aileen Gorman fouls South Suburban's AlyssGebo Sunday. | Dennis Nelson/For-Sun-Times Media

Moraine Valley's Aileen Gorman fouls South Suburban's Alyssa Gebo Sunday. | Dennis Nelson/For-Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 4, 2014 6:17AM



When Moraine Valley and South Suburban meet in women’s basketball, expect the unexpected. And, it’s going to be a thriller.

Their latest meeting in a Region IV semifinal game Sunday afternoon in Palos Hills didn’t disappoint.

No. 3 seed Moraine Valley (22-11) squandered a 19-point second-half lead, but rallied to win 71-70 in overtime to advance to the Region IV final against No. 1 Kankakee (26-6) Saturday in Elgin. South Suburban, the defending Region IV D champs, ended the season 16-13.

“We’ve been battling South Suburban for years,” Moraine Valley coach Delwyn Jones said. “They are our major rival. We lost to them by one point at their place earlier this year, so we knew it was going to be tough.”

“I have to give our girls credit,” South Suburban coach Darrell Scott said. “We had a chance to win at the end. That’s all I ask.”

Jamilla Jones sank two free throws with 8.1 seconds left in overtime to give the Cyclones a 71-70 lead.

“I knew I had to make those not just for me, but for my team,” Jamilla Jones said.

The 6-1 sophomore from Eisenhower wasn’t finished, blocking a shot by Alyssa Gebo to end the game and send the Cyclones to their first regional final since 2012.

“I ran as fast as I could down there and took care of business,” Jamilla Jones said.

“(Gebo) got all the way to the basket, Jamilla blocked the shot and Shavonne Lewis got the big rebound for us,” Jones said. “Those were big plays for us.”

“I thought there was an obvious foul at the end there, but I didn’t have a whistle,” Scott said.

After Moraine Valley opened the scoring, South Suburban scored eight straight points to take an 8-2 lead on Megan Majors’ put back with 15:08 left in the first half. The Cyclones were 1-of-12 from the floor through the first seven minutes against South Suburban’s active, 2-3 zone defense.

Trailing 15-14, the Cyclones outscored the Bulldogs 11-3 over the next eight minutes to take command. Katie McGann’s layup just before the horn gave the Cyclones a 27-20 lead at the break.

Back-to-back three-pointers by McGann gave the Cyclones their largest lead of the game at 45-26 with 14:14 remaining. Trailing 50-34, South Suburban outscored Moraine Valley 16-1.

“It wasn’t as much us as it was South Suburban,” coach Jones said. “They are a bunch of Bulldogs, in a positive way. I told the girls when they made a run they weren’t going to quit.”

“We finally started playing our style of basketball and looked comfortable,” Scott said. “We didn’t play with focus and intensity in the first half. We had kids jumping on each other in the locker room and kids stepped up. All the girls stepped up.”

Breanne Perry’s basket with 6:11 to play cut the lead to 51-50. Moments later, Georgetta Reid’s three-pointer at 5:07 tied it at 53-all.

Gebo’s basket from Maryam Muhammed’s pass gave South Suburban 59-58 lead with two minutes to play. McGann’s sixth three-pointer of the game sent the game into overtime tied at 61.

In the overtime, Melissa Blanco’s two free throws gave South Suburban a 68-65 lead with 2:55 left. Jones basket, a turnover by the Bulldogs and a driving layup by Aileen Gorman gave Moraine a 68-67 lead with 2:28 to play. Reid’s basket gave the lead back to the Bulldogs, 70-69, setting the stage for Jones’ late heroics.

SUNDAY’S COLLEGE RESULTS

Men’s basketball

South Suburban 71, Oakton 61: Antonio Levy scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs (27-5) to victory in the NJCAA Division II Region IV playoffs in Oglesby, Ill. Jalen Brown, Anthony Strickland and Korbin McClain all scored 11 points for SSC, which plays the Triton on Saturday at Elgin.

BASEBALL

Benedictine Springfield 5,
St. Francis 4, 10 inn.

Davenport 6, St. Francis 5

Lewis 4-6, Findlay 2-7

SOFTBALL

Holy Family 4, Lewis 2

Lewis 8, Georgian Court 4



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