Girls Basketball: Joliet Catholic fall victim to Bishop McNamara
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 19, 2013 10:58PM
Updated: March 21, 2013 6:36AM
In a loss to Joliet Catholic by 18 points in early February, Bishop McNamara’s Khadaizha Sanders scored 24 points.
Despite that effort, that loss lingered.
Given a second chance at Joliet Catholic, the sophomore guard made the most of it, dropping 39 points in a 72-63 upset in Tuesday night’s Class 3A Peotone Sectional semifinal.
“Everyone had underestimated us, and we came to play (Tuesday),” Sanders said. “No one expected us to win this game, and that put a chip on our shoulders.”
Sanders scored 28 of her 39 points in the second half for Bishop McNamara (17-11), which will play Morgan Park on Thursday for the sectional title.
Kyleigh Payne added 10 points for the Fighting Irish.
Nicole Ekhomu (22 points) and Jasmine Lumpkin (20 points) paced Joliet Catholic (24-5).
“Not just Khadaizha, but they played as a good a team as they could,” Joliet Catholic coach Ed Schodrof said. “Start with that. They played about a perfect game. She didn’t force anything.”
After scoring 11 points in the first half as Bishop McNamara went up 26-24, Sanders blew up in the third period, scoring on three drives, hitting two free throws and capping the frame with a long three-pointer as the buzzer sounded. That last basket put McNamara up 45-34.
Sanders had 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a 10-of-12 performance at the charity stripe.
Ekhomu (12 points in the fourth) and Lumpkin (8 points) did their best to keep the Angels in the game but could never quite get them over the hump.
The deficit was cut to four at 63-59 with 55 seconds left, but Sanders answered, scoring seven points in the final minute.
“She was outstanding, but they were outstanding,” Schodrof said. “Near perfect game. We didn’t play a good game, and combine those two factors, and it’s a bad combination.”