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Crete-Monee was certainly used to recording shutout quarters in football this fall when they captured the Class 6A state title. It probably didn’t expect the same thing to happen anytime during the basketball season.
Saturday night during the Thornton Shootout against DuSable, the Warriors were able to capture that elusive shutout quarter while registering a 59-40 win.
The Warriors (7-1) outscored the Panthers (1-5) 11-0 in the second quarter, adding on to a 12-10 lead after one quarter and building a 23-10 lead at the half. When it was all said and done, the Warriors went on a 16-0 run, holding the Panthers scoreless for 10 minutes and 17 seconds.
“We tried to motivate the kids by telling them if they held them to under 40 points I would buy them pizza,” Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel said. “Not sure yet if they are getting it.
“We played chaotically. They were running three guys at us and we were trying to dribble through it. We have to play smarter.”
Mark Conner had 18 points and 11 rebounds before getting stepped on early in the fourth quarter and leaving game remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, Marvie Keith took over the scoring for Conner, finishing with a game-high 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Tyler Williams added 10.
The Panthers were led by Chris Galbreath, Jr. (11 points) and Demetrius Pointer (10).
“I had surgery last year on my foot and that was the foot that somebody stepped on,” Conner said. “I should be fine though.”
The Warriors increased their lead to 37-20 after three quarters before the Panthers went on an 11-2 run to pull within 50-40 with 1:58 left in the fourth. The Warriors quickly regained control, ending the game with a 9-0 run behind four points each by Keith and Williams.
“We played down to their level in the first quarter and coach told us to just play harder and not with them,” Conner said.