Another supersectional OT thriller goes against Bolingbrook girls
One would think that Young vs. Bolingbrook would get old by now. Far from it.
HINSDALE — One would think that Young vs. Bolingbrook would get old by now.
Far from it.
Prior to Monday's Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectional game, the two girls basketball powerhouses had met deep in the postseason seven of the previous eight seasons. Meeting No. 8 was another memorable clash, with Young outlasting the Raiders 61-60 in overtime.
Last winter the Dolphins won the same game over Bolingbrook in four overtimes, which made Monday's loss a little hard to swallow.
"This team and our town prides itself on going out there and being the best," Bolingbrook head coach Tony Smith said. "We don't pride ourselves on close games. Our goal is to go downstate and we came up short again."
A slow start had Bolingbrook staring up at a 21-6 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Young (28-4) had all the momentum and it seemed as if the Raiders would never get it back. Indeed, at the start of the fourth quarter they trailed 44-31.
Then the comeback started.
Amarah Coleman had a three-point play. Destiny Harris drained two free throws and Kennedy Cattenhead sank one, and suddenly the double digit deficit was manageable.
Cattenhead hit both ends of a one-and-one with 1:22 left in regulation to tie it at 46-46, and when Young went back ahead with two Linnae Harper free throws, Coleman answered with a driving layup with 52.1 seconds left to force overtime.
The teams exchanged the lead in the first minute of OT. Aysia Bugg's 3-pointer gave the Raiders a 57-55 lead with 1:41 to go, and Coleman's baseline jumper gave them a 59-57 lead with a minute to play.
"It was an intense game, but at that point we thought it was our game," Bugg said of her overtime 3-pointer.
But Young's Khaalia Hillsman converted two layups in the final 47.1 seconds, the second on an inbounds play with 10.2 seconds remaining, to seal Young's win.
"The play was supposed to go to Linnae," Young coach Corry Irvin said, "But the way they were guarding her opened it up for Khaalia."
The Raiders (24-6) may have been disappointed with the outcome Monday, but there no arguing with the effort.
"We've got a great group of young ladies," Smith said. "They played hard and competed hard and they didn't quit. They knew they were better than the first half, and they took it upon themselves to come out and make a game of it, and they did that in the second half. I wish the outcome was different, but what it came down to was the kids didn't quit and they left it all out on the floor."
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