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Marist High School's Leah Bolton (31) stopes and puts up a shot over the ams of Joliet Catholic Academy's Mary Susan Rouse (10) held at Joliet Catholic Academy, Illinois and Marist won 48-47 on Wednesday January 16, 2013. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Marquette-bound JeTaun Rouse was having a poor shooting night.
But as Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly noted, “big players make big plays.”
After shooting 5-of-24 to that point and missing her previous 12 attempts, the 5-foot-8 senior guard drove around the key, stepped into the lane and swished a 12-foot jumper with 10 seconds to go Wednesday night to complete a late comeback and give the visiting Redhawks a wild 48-47 East Suburban Catholic victory over No. 3 Joliet Catholic.
“We practiced that all yesterday on purpose because we knew in that situation they would close down the paint,” Rouse said. “This was my first time making a game-winner, and we needed this one. We’ve been on a losing streak for a while.”
Marist (12-6, 2-2) had dropped five straight including three in a national tournament in Florida at Christmas. The Redhawks wound up winning a game where they shot 35 percent from the field (21-of-60) and .200 from the free throw line (4-of-20, including 2-of-15 in the second half).
“And we’re usually a good free throw shooting team,” Connolly said. “This was a great comeback victory.”
Joliet Catholic (16-3, 5-2) found the lid on the basket as well. The Angels hit free throws much better (20-of-28, .714), but were .222 from the floor on 12-of-54, largley against Marist’s 1-3-1 zone.
“Her [Rouse’s] stuff and ours was not going in,” Joliet Catholic coach Ed Schodrof said. “But I think the big difference was the first quarter when they came out tougher than us physically.”
Junior forward Jasmine Lumpkin grabbed 22 rebounds to help the Angels to a 50-44 advantage, but she shot 3-for-14 and was limited to eight points.
“We had a lot of layup opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish at the rim,” Lumpkin said.
Illinois recruit Leah Bolton led Marist with 14 points and Rouse had 12. Freshman guard Nicole Ekhomu scored 14 and senior forward Mary Susan Rouse 9 for Joliet Catholic, which railled from a 26-17 deficit late in the first half to lead 45-36 with 3:31 left and 46-41 with 1:20 to go.