Girls basketball: Mallory's clutch shot powers Geneva over Maine WestBy MATT LE CRENJan. 7, 2018 LISLE– Madison Mallory did not have any experience attempting game-deciding shots. What the Geneva senior did have is plenty of confidence. That came in handy when Margaret Whitley passed her the ball with time running out against unbeaten Maine West on Jan. 6. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Mallory didn’t hesitate in shooting her 14-foot jumper from the left wing. The ball tickled the twine with 2 seconds remaining to give the Vikings a 55-53 victory at the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase at Benet. [Sean King for Shaw Media]“It was a little bit stressful at the end because they got back (in the game) really fast,” Mallory said. “Margaret just passed me the ball and I saw it andI knew I was open. “I’m a good shooter, so I just shot and it went in.” [Sean King for Shaw Media]The fantastic finish papered over an epic comeback by Maine West. The Warriors (17-1) trailed 44-28 late in the third quarter but stormed back behind guard Catherine Johnson, who scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Geneva (15-1) still led 53-44 before Maine West went on a 9-0 run and tied the game on an inside basket by center Angela Dugalic with 12 seconds left. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Geneva coach Sarah Meadows wanted to set up a play but couldn’t get a timeout called.Fortunately for her, her five senior starters didn’t need one. “It really wasn’t a play call,” said Mallory, a Youngstown State recruit who finished with 11 points. “We were supposed to just run the time out and luckily we got it over the half-court and I was open.” [Sean King for Shaw Media]Geneva guard Stephanie Hart, who tallied 15 of her game-high 19 points in the second half and dished four assists, was glad to see Mallory decide the outcome. “I’m pretty proud (of her),” Hart said. “I saw her wide-open and I know she’s got a pretty accurate shot, so I thought that was the best option in that situation.” [Sean King for Shaw Media]Meadows sometimes forgets that all five of her starters are going to play in college and went through similarly stressful situations before during last year’s state title run. “I should know better; we play better without the timeout,” Meadows said. “I knew they were going to come at us. (The Warriors) are a great team. “We have five seniors that start and I told them at one of the timeouts that you guys have the most experience out here, so do what you know how to do. The last word we said was ‘composure.’ You have to have composure.” [Sean King for Shaw Media]The Vikings, who scored the first 10 points of the game, did in the end, though they helped Maine West’s rally by missing three consecutive 1-and-1s and turning the ball against pressure in the final minute. [Sean King for Shaw Media]“We really came out strong,” Mallory said. “We just have to learn how to finish a little bit better. “I was hoping we wouldn’t have to get that point (of attempting a game-winner) but I’m glad that I hit it.” Army recruit Alisa Fallon had 13 points and seven rebounds and Dugalic added 11 points,15 rebounds and three blocks for Maine West, which lost to Geneva in last year’s supersectional. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Whitley and Maddy Yelle each scored nine points for the Vikings, who relish playing marquee games. “These are definitely the games that are better for us because in postseason we play more teams like this team,” Hart said. “It helps us prepare for those games, so as the season goes by, the more we play these teams, it sets us up to know what we need (to work on).” [Sean King for Shaw Media]Geneva forward Madison Mallory (33) shoots the ball on the top of the key against Main West center Angela Dugalic (32) at Benet Academy in Lisle Jan. 6.