Every team seems to have a nemesis, or an obstacle in which they have difficulty getting over. The Bulls had Detroit; the Bears had Green Bay; the White Sox had Boston/New York; and well, the Cubs have everybody including a goat. For south suburban school, Hillcrest, they had Fenwick (2001); Marian Catholic (2002) and Peoria-Richwoods (2009), who beat them at the supers' last years.
Hillcrest senior Uniquah Hampton has been dreaming of
this moment since she was in the seventh grade along with teammate,
Kristin Marshall. "I guess we've both got our dreams now," said Hampton
after the game. "I'm proud that we're the team that gets to bring him
Richwoods didn't punch Hillcrests' ticket for them without a fight. They went into the half with a 3-point lead, 27-24, by slowing
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In the second half, the Lady Hawks turned to their defense and speed to energize their offense, as 5'2" Samirah Ali played another BIG game, defensively, sparking a 10-0 run and a lead for as much as 10, 39-29 at the 3:18 mark of the game.
The Lady Hawks then turned to senior Jacquenae Foster,
who knocked down a needed 3-pointer, which ignited the offense. The
other players began knocking down shots:
After the game, DePaul-recruit Uniquah Hampton was
asked if she was ever worried during the game? "No," she replied with a
big smile. "We wouldn't let it go. I was still confident. No worries, no
Hampton led the Lady Hawks with 13, followed by
Coach Maniatis did leave the gym and all of the celebration with something else on his mind... he was concerned about Marshall's left knee. She collided with Maggie Cunningham in the first half, but would return. His concerned, more specifically, was about the after-game effects she may experience, such as a 90-minute bus ride home as well as a night's sleep.
"I'm fine," said Marshall after the game. "I was in pain at first but once I got some ice on it it felt better." She also added "I wasn't going to let that keep me out of this game -we came to far for us to stop."
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