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statement in a Major game for the Raiders...
- Let us put this in context for those that didn't travel downstate for the
Class 4A championship. Amateur Sports'
got to the game nice and
early, walked around the gym... we just wanted to 'take it all in.'
Tonight the Bolingbrook Raiders
(24-4) are facing returning champions Whitney Young Dolphins (33-1).
The Dolphins come into this game with many miles under their belt
considering they took advantage of the travel restriction policy being
lifted, and showed not only the great state of Illinois that they are
good, but several out of town teams as well. They have been so dominate this
season behind second team all-state players Chanise Jenkins (sophomore) and
Porsha Harris (senior), but we cannot forget about the hot hands of Ashley
Andersen, who has carried them on few occasions this season.
On the other side of the ball, you have the Raiders, who have been highly
ranked throughout the regular season. They place their success on the
shoulders of 6’2” freshman Morgan Tuck, sophomore Ariel Massengale and
junior Mercedes Griffin. This young team has been to this stage before but
fell short of victory.
As irony would have it,
both teams entered the game without a loss to
an Illinois opponent this season. So, will the game live up to the
top-billing? It depends on who you are cheering for...
Coach Anthony Smith's strategy was to pressure
Young out of their comfort zones. His winning formula kept his starters on
the court the entire first half taking a 31-14 lead which seem to be spark
The freshman phenom, Morgan Tuck, took over
early, scoring 15 of her 17 points in the first half to get the Raiders
going in the stunning 53-29 rout of Young. "I thought we could come out and
have the best game we've ever had," said Tuck. "It's an awesome start — the
best start I could get. I was feeling it in warm-ups. So I was ready for
Click here to here our
interview with Morgan Tuck.
In the second half, Young decided to double the
freshmen every time she got the ball, but this opened the door for her
teammates to step up. Senior Satavia Taylor and junior Mercedes Griffin both
knocked down 9 points, while Ariel Massengale was able to drain 8
points in the game. "Bolingbrook's been known for their defense ever since
coach [Smith] has been here," Massengale said about the team causing 19
turnovers. "That's what we do in practice is defense. When we're
aggressive and can get steals and make lay-ups,
it's a lot easier for us.
Young's big four from last year, Anderson, Harris, Smith and King, combined
for a total of 12 points, Harris led with 9. An unsung player and bright
spot came from sophomore guard Chanise Jenkins, who finished the contest
with 8 points, 2 steals.
As coach Smith reflected on the win, he shared
with us that "the team worked so hard in practice, in games and I'm so proud
of them not only for getting here but winning it all."
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