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posted: 1/19/2010 12:01 AM

Marist pulls away from Lake Zurich at McDonald's Shootout

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By Rusty Silber

On Monday, Lake Zurich's girls basketball team kept it close for the first half.

After that, Marist changed everything in its favor and ran away with a 56-35 victory over the Bears in the McDonald's Shootout at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

"We had a great game on Saturday and thought it would carry over - it didn't," said Lake Zurich coach Chris Bennett, whose team lost to NSC Lake standout Libertyville by 3 points over the weekend. "Marist was a good basketball team, and they hit their shots.

"(Marist) took it to us in the second half and we didn't respond to it."

Lake Zurich (7-15) got off to a good start, shooting its way to a 15-7 lead as Gabby Chapa (team-high 12 points) dropped in a 3 with 1:25 left in the opening quarter.

The Bears held a 15-11 advantage starting the second quarter and extended the lead to 24-17 with 3:08 remaining as Audrey Bauer (9 points, 9 rebounds) had a rebound and putback.

But the Red Hawks (15-7) scored the next 7 points and pulled even at 24-24 going into the half.

"We did a nice job attacking (Marist's) zone in the first quarter," Bennett said. "We also did a nice job playing defense in the second quarter. But then their zone took us apart. We couldn't find anybody else to score."

The third quarter favored the Red Hawks in a big way. Jetaun Rouse scored 16 of her game-high 24 points as Marist outscored Lake Zurich 22-2 and to open up a 20-point lead.

"It was an explosion," Rouse said. "We wanted to win this game. I took it upon myself, because I wasn't reaching my potential. So I had to pick it up.. I think the entire team was playing slow for a while."

Lake Zurich couldn't recover in the final quarter. Marist started on a 10-2 run and extended the lead to 56-28.

DePaul-bound Haley Stercic added 14 points for the Red Hawks and Leah Bolton chipped in 10 and 10 rebounds.

"We knew (coming in) Bauer was a great player," Marist coach Pat Connolly said. "We wanted to front her, and have help behind her. We call that the sandwich in a 2-3 zone.

"But the big difference was that we made our layups in the second half. We did run a little bit more. We thought we were quicker than (Lake Zurich). It was a matter of getting the rebounds, so we could run."