LOMBARD – What was a close game got away from the St. Charles North girls basketball team down the stretch Wednesday night in an IHSA Class 4A Glenbard East Regional semifinal.
Bartlett scored 20 points in the final six minutes to pull away for a 60-38 victory.
Senior Nichole Davidson scored in the lane with 4:35 to play and the North Stars (14-13) trailed 43-36. But perhaps the key play of the night came with 3:25 left when 6-foot-1 sophomore Kelly Harris scored inside for the Hawks (17-11) and was fouled. She converted the ensuing free throw to make it a 10-point game.
“It just got away from us at the end,” North coach Sean Masoncup said. “Getting down 7-1 in fouls and them being in the bonus the whole second half is tough to come back from.”
The North Stars struggled early against Bartlett’s 2-3 matchup zone, with everyone but Davidson finding it difficult to score. She scored North’s first nine points, with her 3-pointer from the left wing midway through the first quarter cutting Bartlett’s lead to 10-9.
“We just didn’t do a good job getting the ball inside,” Masoncup said. “It’s the first time this year. We weren’t crisp on our passes.”
The North Stars committed 27 turnovers, often trying to force the ball inside against the collapsing zone, and never developed an outside shooting threat to loosen up the zone. Davidson’s first-quarter 3 was the only shot they hit from beyond the arc.
Full-court pressure by the North Stars forced the Hawks into numerous first-half turnovers, but just as often led to easy press-break baskets for Bartlett, which led 21-14 after the opening eight minutes. The Hawks were guilty of 14 of their 22 turnovers in the first half.
North’s man-to-man defense stiffened in the second quarter, allowing the North Stars to pull within 24-22 at the break. Davidson scored in the paint to open the second half to tie the game, but a short jumper by Ally Giampapa put Bartlett ahead, 28-26.
“One of the things that we have practiced all year long over and over and over is finishing a game,” Bartlett coach Denise Sarna said. “Tonight, I thought we executed down the stretch real well.”
The North Stars got a strong contribution from Liz McNally off the bench. She had three blocks and seven rebounds. Davidson led North with 23 point and grabbed seven boards, and Morgan Rosencrants had eight.