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Kiera Currie, of Romeoville, gets the basket against Richards for the Oak Lawn Holiday Tournament, Monday, December 17th, 2012, in Oak Lawn, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
A first loss always is a little stunning. A first loss by as big a score as Romeoville lost to Lincoln-Way North on Saturday was a little more than a little stunning.
“We knew we had to come back out and get it done. We had to show Saturday wasn’t the team we really are,” Angelica Osusky said after the Spartans rebounded Monday on Night 2 of the Oak Lawn Varsity Girls Holiday Tournament to bounce Richards 64-51.
Osusky, who didn’t start (coach’s decision) in the 49-29 loss to Lincoln-Way North, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ten of the points came in the first half, as the Spartans (10-1) opened up a comfortable lead.
Kiera Currie took care of the heavy-duty scoring with 23 points, while Abigail Smith contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the winners.
Richards (5-5) was led by Georgia Danos (19 points) and Allison Stazak (12).
The Spartans started to take hold of the game with a first-quarter-ending 7-0 run that broke an 8-all tie. The run featured back-to-back pretty plays in which Osusky found Currie with passes that she converted into a three-point play and a driving layup.
Osusky did some damage in the second period, nailing a pair of three-pointers as the Spartans extended their advantage to 33-24.
“I think we just needed to focus and not take them lightly,” Osusky said. “We wanted to make sure we had a hard defense, and move the ball and play as a team, getting everyone involved.”
Osusky, Smith and Currie all drained three-pointers during a third-quarter runaway. Romeoville led by as much as 58-34 before Richards made a late fourth-quarter charge and got as close as 11 points.
Currie finished 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
“We really knew from our loss that shouldn’t dwell on it and push on,” Currie said. “We practiced Sunday early in the morning. Coach (Julio Carrasco) did a good job of motivating us, and we proved ourselves (Monday) by putting the ball in the hole by finishing our shots.”