MORGAN TWP. | Elena Sobilo was called for her third foul when Bishop Noll was up by three points with 4:37 remaining in the second quarter Wednesday night.
So she sat.
The Warriors' senior was called for her fourth foul with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter against Morgan Township.
So she sat.
When she came into the game in the fourth quarter, she played an error-free eight minutes, and scored five of Noll's 10 points in a run that erased a deficit and led the Warriors to a 47-39 nonconference victory over the Cherokees.
"We really miss her when she's not on the floor," Bishop Noll coach Vanita Gary said. "We missed her in the third quarter. (The team) had a serious talk about discipline and really trusting that it just stakes one stop. You don't have to do it all in one moment."
Noll's stop came after Morgan's Brianna Leuck hit her third 3 of the game to give the Cherokees a nine-point lead. The Warriors then forced four quick turnovers and held Morgan scoreless for the next five minutes while taking a 37-35 lead.
"I think the turning point in the fourth was when we got that first steal and we went on our offensive possession," Sobilo said. "We got a good look, and then another stop. When we got the defensive stop, we were able to hold them, and we weren't worried as much about scoring, just about stopping."
Neither team had seen the basketball court since their respective conference tournament games on Saturday.
With school closures for the cold earlier in the week, Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger said his team was fatigued.
That tiredness led to eight turnovers in the second quarter and seven turnovers in the fourth.
"Especially in the fourth quarter, we were fatigued," Krieger said. "That's partly the weather's fault. Not being in the gym since Saturday, this is the first time we've been together as a team."
Morgan turned a one-point halftime deficit into a nine-point fourth-quarter lead behind defensive rebounding and a quick run.
Hannah Murphy led the Cherokees with nine rebounds and Trina Coleman added eight. Leuck and Kameron Stanko had 11 points each for Morgan.
Naomi House scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and Noll senior Asya Hobbs chipped in 10 rebounds. Sobilo finished with nine points.
Brenda Pennington's seven steals joined five from House as they forced the Cherokees into 22 turnovers.
"I say the same thing all the time and I'm a really strong believer that when we get down, we need to work harder," Gary said. "To us, working harder means more defense."