Glenbrook South downs Grant for 3rd straight win

  • Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez, right, takes a shot over Grant's Cora Hughs during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein.

    Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez, right, takes a shot over Grant's Cora Hughs during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Melissa Ketter (12) and McCalyn Flores pressure Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers, left, during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein.

    Grant's Melissa Ketter (12) and McCalyn Flores pressure Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers, left, during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Cora Hughs, left, takes a shot over Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein.

    Grant's Cora Hughs, left, takes a shot over Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) breaks free from Grant defenders to take a shot during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein.

    Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) breaks free from Grant defenders to take a shot during Wednesday's girls basketball game in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Taylor Acker (21) stretches to grab the rebound but comes up short during Wednesday's girls basketball game against Glenbrook South in Mundelein.

    Grant's Taylor Acker (21) stretches to grab the rebound but comes up short during Wednesday's girls basketball game against Glenbrook South in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted11/24/2021 8:00 AM

Glenbrook South's girls basketball team continued its hot start to the season by winning its third game in three nights with a 60-38 victory over Grant in the Mundelein Girls Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday night.

The Titans pulled together a number of bench players that helped their starters with a strong effort late in the third quarter and in the final 8 minutes.

 

Glenbrook South had played in the main gym for its first two games and was in the north gym for its matchup against Grant (1-2)

"It was a different background, maybe the rim was a bit tight, along with the lighting," Glenbrook South coach Scott Nemecek said. "I just think we got tired pressing and it might have affected us offensively a little bit. So, my assistant coach (Ariana Mazza-Bensyl) recommended that we should play a half-court defense for a while. We were able to dig in and it was a good suggestion. The girls did a good job of getting good rebounds."

Grant closed to within 6 points at 35-29 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. But the Titans went on an 11-2 run and led 46-31 heading into the final quarter.

"I thought our bench did a tremendous job," Nemecek said. "I still thought the starters did a nice job. Grant has a nice team over there. I thought our effort was outstanding."

Glenbrook South outscored Grant 14-7 over the last 8 minutes.

Sophomore Anna Rosenberger led the way for the Titans with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Molly Durrow added 11 points off the bench, while Sidney Rogers and Chloe Gonzalez added 10 points apiece.

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"I think the team really works well together and it's a lot easier to set up plays," Rosenberger said. "I think our energy gets us going and it helps us a lot."

Grant was right with Glenbrook South in the first half and trailed 29-20 at the break before starting the third quarter with a bit of a run.

"I thought we played really tough and I'm really proud of the girls," Grant coach Anna Bartels said.

"We knew (Glenbrook South) when we came in and saw them a little bit the other day, so we expected it to be tough. We were in the game, made a strong run and cut the lead down. But then it got away from us again. (Glenbrook South) was a tough team with some good outside shooters and it was a learning experience."

Four-year starter MaCalyn Flores led the Bulldogs with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

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