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Villa Park, 01/18/13--Guerin Prep's Cara Yacobucci goes up for a fast-break layup as St. Ignatius' Mattisyn Perak defends. Guerin Prep played St. Ignatius in the 23rd Annual McDonald's girls basketball Shootout Friday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times
Turnovers doomed Guerin in its debut Friday night at the 23rd annual McDonald’s Shootout.
The Gators committed 19 turnovers in the first half and finished with 30 in a game that featured one new team and one team that has been to every single shootout in the event’s history.
St. Ignatius junior Gabby Diamond came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points in the Wolfpack’s 41-35 victory over the Gators at Willowbrook.
Guerin (14-8) was the first of six teams in this weekend’s shootout to make its debut. The Gators went nearly nine minutes without a basket, costing them the game. St. Ignatius (9-12) trailed 14-10 early in the second quarter, then led 19-18 with 5:31 to go in the third quarter before Cara Yacobucci scored on a layup for Guerin.
Diamond (six rebounds) scored eight points in the third quarter to match Guerin’s team total for the period. The Wolfpack led 29-24 to end the third quarter and the Gators could only come within three points in the fourth quarter.
The Gators shot 1-of-6 from the field in the second quarter. Sara Brodner (six points, four blocks) scored Guerin’s only basket on a layup with 6:36 remaining.
Rebecca Bartnicki (13 points, 10 rebounds) led the Gators, while teammate Koraima Marroquin scored eight of her 12 points in the second half.
“It was hard with the turnovers,” Bartnicki said. “We’ve got to make better passes and look for open people.”
One highlight for Bartnicki was getting to play on HighSchoolCube.com as the first of 16 games to be streamed during the McDonald’s Shootout.
“It was fun to be on Internet TV,” said Bartnicki, a 6-foot junior forward. “We knew we could show everyone how we play and how good we are.”
St. Ignatius’ Tara Brennan (eight points) and Diamond entered the game during a mass substitution of five players with 3:50 to go in the first quarter. After Guerin led 6-2, Wolfpack coach Cara Doyle made the change to ignite her team. St. Ignatius entered the contest with three losses in its last four games.
During Guerin’s second quarter shooting drought, the Wolfpack took its first lead on five consecutive points from Kelley McInerney. Her 18-foot jumper pulled St. Ignatius to within one and then her 3-pointer with 1:56 before the half gave the Wolfpack a 17-15 lead.