Reardon’s buzzer beater downs GBS
Fenwick’s Lilly Reardon didn’t score a single point for 31 minutes and 59 seconds in Friday night’s contest against Glenbrook South.
But none of those previous minutes mattered, as all it took was a single second to get off a shot for her only points of the game. A three pointer at the buzzer to give Fenwick a 50-49 win over the Titans.
“How about that shot?” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power. “She took her time, lined it up and drilled it. So many kids just rush it, but a lot of poise on that.”
Before the now infamous three pointer, Fenwick led for the majority of the game, slowly building up a double digit lead thanks in large to their two Freshman bigs, Audrey Heinrichs and Elise Heneghan.
Heinrichs did most of her damage in the first half, scoring 14 of her 16 points before the break, with Heneghan picking up right where she left off, accruing 11 of her game high 17 points in the third quarter alone.
“What I like about them is they have a plethora of post moves,” said Power. “It was great to see a night where both of them had really solid performances and for Freshmen, they’re fun to watch.”
Fenwick’s lead would balloon to as many as nine points midway through the fourth quarter before Glenbrook South started to make their comeback.
Senior point guard Makayla Stadler led the Titans back on both ends of the floor, pressuring the Friars ball handlers, while going off for a near triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
After going on a 9-0 run to tie the game with less than 30 seconds remaining, Stadler forced yet another turnover and calmly knocked down two free throws to give the Titans their first lead of the game with just 12 seconds remaining, but her effort was ultimately not enough as Reardon capped off the night just moments later.
With the win, Fenwick improve to 11-3 on the season and have already improved tremendously from the beginning of the season and a backloaded schedule that includes the likes of Mother McAuley, Benet, Fremd and others will require the young Friars to grow up fast.
“We have so many tough games coming up between conference and Dundee-Crown,” said Power. “We play nothing but the best, and our team is up for the challenge that it brings.”
Fenwick is off until the Dundee-Crown tournament tips off next with, while GBS will go all the way to Wheaton North.
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