Dabrowski, Stevenson block Marian Catholic
Senior Julia Dabrowski scored a triple-double the hard way Friday night to lead Stevenson's girls basketball team past Marian Catholic 55-44 in Round 4 of the Maine West Tip-Off Classic in Des Plaines.
The 6-foot-2 Dabrowski finished with 11 points, 12 blocks and 14 rebounds.
"I work hard at stopping and keeping my hands up," said Dabrowski, who grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds, scoring on one. "Coach (Tom Dineen) always talks about how important defense is."
Dineen tipped his hat to Dabrowski.
"We do what we can do, and her job is to roam that lane and deflect some shots or intimidate some shots, and she did that tonight," said Dineen, whose Patriots (5-1) have won five in a row and are 4-0 in the tournament going into today's 2:30 p.m. finale against Hersey.
Stevenson senior guard Katie Batman scored a career-high 26 points, including four 3-pointers. She had netted 23 points in the Patriots' season opener against Rolling Meadows.
She had 12 points and 13 rebounds Thursday night in the Patriots' North Suburban Lake Division opener at Zion-Benton.
"Katie has had two great offensive efforts in a row," Dineen said. "She is a tremendous shooter and she demonstrated that again tonight."
Batman has 62 points in the tournament.
"They were guarding me really tight in the first half," Batman said. "In the second half, we came out with a lot of energy. Everyone was passing well. Kari (Moffat, 9 points) and Alex (Elzinga) were getting the ball to me."
Batman also praised Dabrowski.
"Julia was one of the main factors in the game," Batman said. "She played unbelievably getting the rebounds and blocks."
Alanna Ferry led Marian Catholic with 15 points, while Paula Zerante added 8 points.
Stevenson led 11-4 after the first quarter, but Marian Catholic came out with the hot hand in the second quarter, outscoring Stevenson 18-12 to get within 23-22 at halftime.
Stevenson scored 10 straight points to start the second half. Dabrowski finished the run with a tip-in off an offensive rebound.
"(Marian Catholic) is a very good team and we withstood the pressure," Dineen said. "We're a young team on paper and (Thursday) night (against Zion-Benton) we didn't handle pressure too well, but tonight we did."
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