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Oak Forest tramples Shepard

12/04/2012, 9:17pm CST
By Tony Baranek ~ tbaranek@southtownstar.com

Oak Forest took advantage of a short-handed Shepard, defeating the Astros 59-28 in the second consecutive South Suburban crossover victory for the Bengals.

12-4-12 Shepard's Courtney Dalton blocks a pass by Oak Forest's Brianna Getzloff Tuesday night in Oak Forest. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat

A 1-5 start isn’t exactly a comfortable way to start a season, but Oak Forest’s Kelly McEathron said the rebuilding Bengals learned a lot from their pre-conference schedule.

“We lost against some really good teams and they were always close games,” McEathron said. “Even though they were frustrating, it was definitely a good experience for us, learning what we can and can’t do.”

Tuesday’s 59-28 decision over visiting Shepard was the second consecutive South Suburban crossover victory for Oak Forest.

Nour Salah led the way for the Bengals (3-5, 2-0) with 11 points, while McEathron added 10 points, Taylor Sterkowitz nine points and Gianna Kuras eight points and seven rebounds.

Myrissha Mitchell had five points and eight rebounds and Alyssa Dechene five points for Shepard (3-6, 0-2).

The Astros were missing two key starters in Amanda Weiss (ankle sprain) and Jessica Chaput (tonsil surgery). Oak Forest pounced on its weakened opponents with a 19-1 game-opening run.

“It was a nice start,” said McEathron, one of three Bengals to score four first-quarter points. “It’s always nice to jump that far out into the lead. Then you can step back and focus on the fundamentals and give everyone a chance to play.”

Bengals coach Steve Schanz went to his bench early. With 4:58 left in the half Salah hit the second of her three three-pointers, providing Oak Forest’s first points of the second period.

“I like playing that role,” Salah said of being a perimeter shooter. “It’s challenging, but you get used to it.”

The Bengals led 29-15 at the half before delivering a 15-4 knockout punch in the third quarter.

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