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Greyhound girls come close to snapping losing skid

But Greenfield's press, inconsistent foul shots cost them the game

Dec. 14, 2009

Shorewood — The Greyhounds girls basketball team only had six players in uniform Dec. 8 and nearly ended the team's long losing streak.

With multiple junior and senior players missing the game to rehearse for a school talent show, the Greyhounds still held an 11-point halftime lead, but ultimately fell to the visiting Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks, 47-44.

Shorewood was 0-3 entering the game after going winless last season at 0-21, but had Greenfield contained throughout the first half.

The Greyhounds held the Hawks to only 13 first-half points, but when Greenfield began the third quarter with a full-court press, the young Shorewood team was unable to respond, allowing 23 third-quarter points.

"We made some freshmen mistakes against the press-breaker in the third quarter and got a little frantic," head coach Charles Kazel said after the game. "But we came back and made it a game at the end when they could've just said, 'They caught us, they passed us, it's over.' "

Chance to win

The Hawks carried a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Shorewood climbed back into the game from the free-throw line, trailing by only one with 1:29 remaining.

With eight seconds remaining and still down one, the Greyhounds nearly intercepted Greenfield's inbound pass under their own basket, but were unable to come up with the loose ball, and the Hawks iced the game from the line.

"To start three freshmen against a varsity team," Kazel said, "and Briana and Amber McKinney, they're nice players, but they normally don't get reps with the first team in practice. I'm really proud of how hard they played."

Brianna McKinney finished with a team-high 14 points.

Although Greenfield's full-court press was effective, it also put them in foul trouble quickly. The Hawks picked up their seventh team foul in the second half with three minutes still remaining in the third quarter, putting Shorewood in the bonus for the remainder of the game.

After picking up their 10th team foul in the half before the end of the third, Greenfield removed the press for the fourth quarter.

High number of free throws

All of the fouls created many opportunities at the free throw line for the Greyhounds to re-take the lead, but they were inconsistent in their free throw shooting throughout the second half.

"We normally don't shoot that many free throws because we don't get to the line," Kazel said. "We shoot them in practice all the time, and I guess it'd be a good lesson for the girls that they've got to make them when they're tired.

"Margaret O'Brien played the whole game, never came out, was diving on the floor, and got a bunch of boards."

O'Brien, a freshman, had 11 points in the loss. Junior guard Jenny Vrobel added eight points, freshman Johnna Odom had six, and freshman forward Audrey Peterson contributed four points.

The Shorewood junior varsity team, consisting of all freshmen, was victorious earlier in the night, defeating Greenfield, 31-25. Maura Curtis led the way with 13 points and Maya Tucker added nine.

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