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Plainfield North's Kaitlyn O'Boye brings the ball up under pressure frim Benet Academy's Emily Eshoo Monday in Plainfield. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Benet wasn’t ready to play winning basketball at the outset of Tuesday’s game with Plainfield North, but the Redwings were in good enough form at the end.
Sophomore forward Emily Schramek scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half as visiting Benet rallied to get a 61-45 victory. The Redwings (8-2), who trailed by as many as seven points in the second quarter, made 14-of-16 free throws in the second half and 25-of-33 overall and closed the game with a 13-2 run.
“The first half we weren’t ready to play,” Schramek said. “We got pumped in the locker room at halftime and realized that we were playing too crazy on offense and we needed to take that to defense and calm down on offense.”
Schramek was one of the few players able to hit outside shots. She began the game by sinking a pair of 17-foot jumpers from the right corner and finished 6-of-13 from the floor and made all six of her free-throw attempts to go with five rebounds and three steals.
Plainfield North (4-2) used an 11-2 run to take a 26-19 lead on a layup by Jordan Heberg with 3:17 left in the first half, but the visitors closed within 27-25 at intermission.
Carlie Corrigan, who had a game-high 21 points before fouling out in the final minute, gave the Tigers a 32-30 lead with a three-pointer midway through the third quarter, but Christen Prasse answered with a trey of her own and Benet never trailed again.
“It is one of those game where it was a tale of two halves,” Benet coach Peter Paul said. “We were just trying to hold on first half. We didn’t really run offense. We didn’t do anything. All we did was shoot the ball and it wasn’t falling for us and we made too many turnovers.”
But the Redwings did pick up their defensive intensity after the break, using a full-court press to goad the Tigers into 16 turnovers.
“That’s what we wanted,” Schramek said. “We wanted our pressure to startle the guards and then fast break and get more layups.”
The game was still in doubt after Corrigan’s two foul shots pulled the Tigers within 48-43 with 5:37 to go in the fourth quarter. Schramek started the clinching run with four straight free throws and Prasse tallied the last four on two free throws and a layup.
Prasse overcame foul trouble to finish with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks for the Redwings, while Emily Eshoo added 12 points and Jenna Martin grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Kaitlyn O’Boye had 17 points, including three three-pointers, and seven rebounds for the Tigers, but only two other Plainfield North players scored.