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New Trier (23) Jeanie Boehm and New Trier (32) Colleen McConnell guard Maine South (13) Regan Carmichael in game action at Maine South. New Trier plays Maine South in a girls basketball matchup at Maine South at 1111 S. Dee Road, Park Ridge, Il on Friday

Not scoring in the final five minutes of a game usually is a recipe for a loss.

Somehow, though, the No. 8-ranked Maine South girls basketball team found a way to get the result it wanted, a 47-42 win over New Trier in the Central Suburban South opener for both teams.

“We showed a lot of composure at the end of the game,” said Saint Louis-bound Maine South senior guard Regan Carmichael. “New Trier was all over us, really up in our grill, but we handled it pretty well.”

Maine South (8-0, 1-0) managed to keep New Trier out of the basket, too. The Trevians (4-2, 0-1) scored only five points down the stretch, the last coming on junior Alexa Czyzynski’s three-pointer with 1:00 to play.

Maine South missed two free throws in the last 19.2 seconds, but it didn’t matter. The Hawks finished 8-for-23 from the line.

New Trier, which has five new starters this season and counts on a host of non-seniors to contribute, briefly led midway through the second quarter, but the Hawks were in control most of the night.

Carmichael’s steal and layup closed out the half and gave the Hawks a 25-20 advantage at intermission. She finished with a game-best 15 points.

Maine South stretched its lead to 12, 36-24, with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter on another Carmichael score.

The Trevians didn’t make much of a move until the closing minutes of the game.

Hawks senior Erin Kieny knocked down three 3-pointers to follow Carmichael with 10 points. Senior Jacqui Grant, who will play at Illinois, added seven points.

“I’d be foolish to say we’ve arrived, but this team is doing a nice job of looking itself in the mirror and identifying areas it needs to improve on,” Maine South coach Mark Smith said.

Junior Meg Neuhaus scored a team-high nine for the Trevians. Junior Isabella Bosco added eight points in the loss that snapped the team’s three-game win streak.

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