Girls Basketball: Plainfield East tops Plainfield North in OT
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 11, 2012 11:02PM
Updated: January 13, 2013 11:08AM
Maybe with its unbeaten record, Plainfield East didn’t need a wake-up call.
But the Bengals got one Tuesday, courtesy of rival Plainfield North.
Executing down the stretch, No. 3 East pulled out a thriller, defeating No. 8 North 82-81 in overtime in a Southwest Prairie game.
“It’s one of those games that keeps you on your toes,” East’s Nikia Edom said. “You’ve got to keep thinking the whole game and be ready for anything. We didn’t start off too good, but we found a way to pull it off.”
In an epic back-and-forth battle between star seniors, Edom lost the scoring title but got the win. The East senior poured in 33 points to North’s Carlie Corrigan’s school-record 43 points.
Faith Suggs (25 points) and Nina Maggio (14) contributed for East (11-0, 4-0). Kaitlin O’Boye (13 points) and Taylor Weck (12) chipped in for North (4-4, 1-3).
It was an energized North squad — shooting just 6-of-21 in the first quarter but holding a 14-11 lead — dominating the boards early in the game. The Tigers’ biggest lead was seven points (49-42) late in the third quarter.
Plainfield East clawed back into the game, and the fourth quarter and overtime saw 14 lead changes. Corrigan (14 rebounds) missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation.
In overtime, Suggs scored inside, Edom drilled two free throws and Andreana Johnson hit a three-pointer from the corner as the Bengals opened with a 7-2 run.
“Even when we were down a couple times, we had to stay calm and not freak out,” Edom said. “We had to keep scoring and play defense.”
With overtime winding down, a shot by North’s Jordan Heberg with 10 seconds to go was blocked by Alexis Ogleby. East corralled the rebound and was able to dribble out the clock.
Corrigan’s 43 points broke the school mark that had been set by Takeya Green (36 points).
“It’s a positive when you play a 10-0 team and you’re right there with them,” Plainfield North coach Reggie Lemon said. “We made some mistakes in the end but that’s from not being in these situations.”