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Hinsdale South regains focus in win

01/24/2013, 10:38pm CST
By Chris Vavra

Hinsdale South had to overcome 27-20 and 39-35 deficits, but they pulled out a 52-46 win over Willowbrook. Toni Romiti exploded for 30 points in leading her team back to victory.

Hinsdale South's Toni Romiti (21) gets an open shot in the lane against Willowbrook Jan. 24, 2013 in Darien . | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media

For Hinsdale South, their 52-46 crucial victory against Willowbrook came down to rhythm and timing. After guard Toni Romiti went cold from the field in the second quarter, Hornets coach Jen Belmonte stressed this point with the team down 27-20 at the half.

“I told them to stay composed,” Belmonte said. “I told them to keep their focus.”

Romiti took that to heart, striking against the Warriors (19-4, 9-1 WSC Gold) with 13 unanswered third quarter points to put the Hornets (12-7, 8-1 WSC Gold) back in the lead, erasing a 31-22 Warriors lead.

“She (Romiti) got hot and when she does that there’s no stopping her,” Belmonte said.

The lead, as was often the case throughout, would be short-lived as the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to close out the third with a 39-35 lead. The Hornets needed an answer.

For once, it wasn’t Romiti who would be the answer.

Forward MacKenzie Kern scored five of her 13 points to open the fourth and put the Hornets in the lead for good. For Kern, it was about being in the right place at the right time for her team.

“It was timing, more than anything,” Kern said

Romiti took care of the rest with seven of her game-high 30 points in the fourth to keep the Warriors at bay. This win puts the Hornets a half-game behind the Warriors in the West Suburban Gold standings for the conference lead.

Warriors guard Anita Sterling led the team with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

“Bottom line is we didn’t play our best game,” Warriors coach Terry Harrell said. “They played very well and they made the shots they needed to.”

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