Girls' basketball edges out Hersey

By Alyssa Zediker
Executive Sports Editor
For the third Friday in a row the varsity girls’ basketball team came back from behind to take the win. Friday, Dec. 2 the knights came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Elk Grove 44-40 and Friday Dec. 9 the team overtook Wheeling in over time 75-71
Then on Dec. 16 the lady Knights faced Hersey and after being behind for the majority of the grueling four quarters, they came out on top 43-39.
After the game coach Martha Kelly was speechless, she could not believe that they were able to come back again and has been trying to think a nickname to describe the team.
“Some joking around [say] cardiac kids, miracle workers, but I don’t know what it is,” Kelly said.
The largest deficit was 10 points, during the second quarter after an unanswered six minute run, Hersey was up 22-12, and the Knights also finished the third quarter down 32-22.
It was not until the final 53.2 seconds left in the game that junior Michelle Molini shot two free throws to tie the game at 39. Molini went six for six at the free throw line.
“We are definitely a fourth quarter team,” senior Maura Benson said.
Both Benson and Kelly attribute the win to the team. As the game progressed several of the girls got into foul trouble. Benson ended the night with four fouls and fellow starter junior Adriane Falagario fouled out with 2:40 left in the game.
With only 30 seconds left freshman Taylor Will was fouled as she was taking a shot under the basket. Will made both free throws to take the lead for the first time since the first quarter.
“These girls play hard and they play until the final buzzer,” Kelly said.
The Knights are tied for first in the conference with Rolling Meadows both 3-0. Next they will be participating in the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic tournament Dec. 26-29.
“Next time, we are talking about how we are starting [like the fourth quarter] in the beginning,” Benson said.