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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2010
CHOPS BILLINGER TOURNAMENT
Foreman 64, Leo 49
Foreman knocked off red-hot Leo at the
Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout at North Park College,
64-49, behind the front three:
Mike McCall (18 points), Lavonte Dority (14 points), and
Eddie Denard (11 points).
Morgan Park 70, Niles West 59
Player of the game: Andre
Hall, Morgan Park, 19 points, 2 steals.
Key performers: Niles West — Donte Logan, 16 points, 7-7 FG, 4
assists, 3 steals. Morgan Park — Terrance Quinn, 11 points, 5 rebounds.
The Mustangs also played that the
Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout at North Park College without
Louisville-bound junior Wayne Blackshear, who will be out
for about two more weeks due to injury.
So, someone had to fill his shoes... who would have guest
that a freshman would be the player?
Freshman Terrance "Speedy" Quinn came through with the best game of his
young career to help the Mustangs avoid what would have been a major
Quinn scored 11 on 5-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench as Morgan
Park defeated Niles West 70-59.
"We've been waiting for that from Speedy," Morgan Park
coach Nick Irvin said. "We know what he's capable of. Even with Wayne
and Markee back, we're going to need him the rest of the way."
Andre Hall added 19 points for the Mustangs.
Rich South 44, Lockport 39
With 45 seconds remaining and trailing by one, Rich South's Jasmine
Collins stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. She hit both free throws
to put Rich South out in front for the rest of the game.
Rich Central 52, Plainfield East 34
Janae Smith had 12 points, Ashley Huddleston had 11 points and nine
rebounds and Madaesha Shuckey added nine points for Rich Central (18-3).
Deni Owikoti had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for Plainfield
Fenwick 58, Providence 42
Tricia Liston scored 24 points and Alyssa Dengler had 10 points and five
assists for Fenwick (20-2).
Marian Catholic 81, Joliet Catholic 30
Simone Law had 23 points and Emily Kobel scored 13 points for Marian
Marist 66, Benet 52
Haley Stercic had 17 points and Jetaun Rouse added 15 points for Marist
(16-7, 6-3). Randyll Butler also contributed to the win with 10 points.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010
Hillcrest 67, T.F. North 62
The Hawks lost a 10-point lead in the third
quarter but they refused to give up in a
South Suburban Blue Division battle against
Now the story inside of the story is how
Darren Tillman stepped up BIG coming down the stretch knocking
down a huge three-pointer with 27.2 seconds remaining that erased a
62-all tie and lifted the Hawks to victory.
“I was just thinking, ‘Crash the boards and
get the rebound to put it back up,’ just like we do in practice,” said
Tillman, who contributed 16 points. “I play on the same AAU team with
Sean. He’s a good player, very hard-nosed. Going up against him was fun
Picture courtesy of Carol
T.F. North not only regained the momentum, it
erased the double-digit deficit by the time the third quarter elapsed.
A three-pointer by Montero Rice (12 points),
a pair of baskets by Montgomery and a steal and lay-up by Sharrod Wilson (11
points) gave T.F. North a 42-40 lead with 1:37 remaining in the third
“I was surprised at how they came back,” said
Hillcrest coach Don Houston, whose Hawks beat T.F. North 74-47 back in
December. “We went up 10 and we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.
But our kids bounced back and showed a lot of character.”
Montgomery’s lay-up off a sweet pass by
DeAndre Lowery provided T.F. North with a 55-52 advantage. But an
off-balance jumper by Brown and a lay-up by Horne, set up by a nice feed
from Gaines, gave Hillcrest a 58-57 lead with 3:24 left.
“It’s nice to have a two-game cushion in
conference,” Houston said. “But Oak Forest and Tinley Park are playing well.
We can’t take anybody for granted.”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010
CVS 45 - Simeon 43
Behind the hot hands of the Cavaliers Aaron
Williams, who ignited the gym with a buzzer-beatin' slam dunk, they
upset Simeon 45-43.
"That brought the momentum to the maximum," Williams said of his dunk.
"We've never had this many people in our gym, so we wanted to come out
and play hard and get a home win."
The Cavs outscored the Wolverines 16-5 in the first quarter, when
Williams had five of his team-high 13 points and Ryan Cunningham knocked
down 9 points connected on two of his three 3-pointers.
The lead increased to 21-5 in the second quarter before the Wolverines
turn on their offense and they went on their very own run of a 11-4.
Simeon pulled within one late in the third
quarter and two in the fourth. After a Cavaliers turnover with 3.4
seconds remaining, an off-balance 3-point attempt by Brandon Spearman (7
points) fell way short.
"They just wanted it more than we did," said Simeon coach Robert Smith.
"That's all it is. Every time we play them they want to beat us more
than we want to beat them. This team is just not very good. Everybody
has us ranked real high, but we're just not good at all."
T.F. North 79, Hillcrest 73
The Lady Hawks were not only put to a hard test but their
14-year run of conference champs is in
jeopardy after the lost to T.F. North, 79-73.
To put it simple, the Meteors simply had too much star power, with
future Division I players Jeanise Randolph (Cincinnati), Centrese McGee
(Illinois) and Karisma Chapman (Alabama-Birmingham) combining for
72 of their team's 79 points.
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"They're a really good team and we might
have to play them again (in sectionals) on their home court," said
Randolph, who was dominant in the paint with 34 points and nine
rebounds. "This is our home court and we just came out playing hard."
The Meteors were in control throughout the contest but their 29
turnovers and 12 missed free throws helped keep the Lady Hawks close.
The Hawks crept to within two on DePaul-bound Uniquah Hampton's basket
to start the third quarter, but that's when McGee asserted herself on
offense, she knocked down 13 in the third.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
Morgan Park Academy 64, Latin 59
Tony Core had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Morgan Park Academy.
Damon Williams added 17 points and John Boarden had 10 points
and six blocks.
Harlan 42, Morgan Park
Tikeyiah Johnson had 30 points and five rebounds and Linda Brown
had eight points and five assists for Harlan. Harlan is now 16-4
and 7-1 in conference, winning the league title with the
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