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Hillcrest crowned 2009 Galaxy Tournament


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RICHTON PARK - The Galaxy Girls Basketball Tournament tipped off last week and brought out some of the best talent in girls basketball including Harlan, Bloom Township, Bishop McNamara, Lincoln-Way North, Rich South, Shepard, Thornwood, and returning champion, Hillcrest Hawks.

The event has become a big part of girls basketball program, and all of the players and parents are involved in making the classic a reality every year. It's a nice tournament to obtain an early measuring stick of your teams abilities, pro's or cons, against competition you normally wouldn't see until post-season.

The championship game put Hillcrest up against Bishop McNamara, where the Lady Hawks went on to win 64-46. On this night big things came from a fast, sturdy package - Hillcrest's 5'2" sophomore Samirah Ali. She finished the game with 21 points, six assists and four steals. Shannise Heady added 18 points, and DePaul recruit, Uniquah Hampton 9 points.

Hillcrest was up by only 3 points until late in the third quarter when they went on a 10 point run and opened the game for a clear victory.

"In the second half, Samirah brought us out and made us look good," said team captain, Ms. Hampton. "She's fun. I don't have to worry about anything when she goes to the hole. I can just chill at halfcourt. I know she's going to make it. I've got confidence in her."

Ironic part of all of this is Ali is a transfer student from the host school Rich South.

It's starting to look like the Lady Hawk's opening night loss to Homewood-Flossmoor is beginning to fade as the team gets their legs underneath them.

In the consolation game, Harlan won 54-52 over Rich South.

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