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Palatine, 1/12/13--Barrington's Bryana Hopkins takes a shot during Saturday's game at Palatine. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
Barrington’s game at Palatine Saturday was played on the thinnest of lines. In the end, it was the Pirates — and star senior guard McKenzie Wiedemann’s 25 points — who earned a 40-37 win.
“I thought we played hard start to finish,” Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro said. “We had a lot of kids contribute today, but down the stretch there were a couple things that, mentally, we didn’t execute.
First on that list was fouling the sharpshooting Wiedemann, who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the last few minutes of the game when the Fillies were trying to regain possession of the ball. After Wiedemann pushed the Palatine lead to five with 27 seconds left, Barrington junior guard Brooke Grunderson responded with a quick layup.
Surprisingly, Wiedemann gave up the ball to junior guard Morgan Padtke on the ensuing possession. Padtke was fouled immediately — and happily — by the Barrington defenders. After she missed both free throws, Grunderson received a pass in the corner, got trapped, and was forced to heave up a 3-pointer that missed off the backboard.
The largest lead of the game was only seven, which came just a few minutes into the first quarter. After Barrington tied it up at halftime, neither team led by more than five the rest of the way.
It was, essentially, a matchup that came down to a handful of pivotal plays. With Wiedemann on their side, the Pirates were able to make more of them.
“The biggest thing I would change would be those fouls on Wiedemann,” Barreiro said. “Those were pivotal times, and I didn’t think it was time to panic yet. We talked about it at every dead ball, but you have to give credit to Palatine. She (Wiedemann) didn’t give it up much.”