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Red-hot Hoye sparks surging Oak Park

01/21/2013, 8:10pm CST
By George M. Wilcox gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com

Hailey Hoye’s 19 points paced Oak Park-River Forest to a 72-71 win over Nazareth at the MLK Dream Classic Monday.

Hailey Hoye didn’t score close to 32 points again, but her team-high 19 was enough to lead Oak Park-River Forest Monday to a win at the MLK Dream Classic at Young.

The sophomore guard scored a career high in her previous game Saturday so Hoye didn’t know what to expect in her following game. Her final points in a 72-71 victory over Nazareth were a pair of insurance free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining in the game. Nazareth ended the game when Eileen Kennedy scored her only basket on a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining.

After losing eight of nine games, OPRF (9-12) has won four in a row and has lost only one game in the month of January. The Huskies host No. 19 Evanston (18-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, which beat North Chicago Monday at the Dream Classic in Chicago.

Hoye is still recovering from Saturday’s 82-72 West Suburban Silver Conference win at Downers Grove North when Hoye made 6-of-10 3-point shots and made 14 of 15 free throws to obliterate her previous career scoring high of 19 points in a loss at Glenbard West Dec. 4. She did not attempt a two-point shot against DGN.

“My warmup shots were off. I felt it on my first shot. After that, I looked around to get open,” Hoye said. “It was amazing. I’m only a sophomore. That was one of my best (games).”

Against Nazareth (12-9), OPRF pulled ahead 68-62 by scoring five consecutive points late in the fourth quarter. Cuyla Hall’s two foul shots with 1:03 to go gave the Huskies a 70-66 lead. Caroline Kelty scored 18 points and Hall added 11 points for OPRF.

OPRF missed two front ends in the bonus in the final 32 seconds, but Nazareth’s only basket besides Kennedy’s three in the final 1 1/2 minutes was Juliana Raimondi’s layup with 39 seconds.

“It was a good effort,” Nazareth coach Kim Connell said, “but we had too many turnovers, missed too many layups and missed too many free throws.”

Junior Tetre’anah Cross scored a career-high 20 points for the Roadrunners, who host Queen of Peace at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kathryn Slunecko added 13 points for Nazareth.

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