OAK LAWN | Everything went well for three quarters for T.F. South in the championship game of the Bobby Bolton Classic.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, basketball is a four-quarter game.
A 10-minute scoring drought that included the entire second quarter doomed the Rebels (2-1) in 54-31 loss to Lincoln-Way East.
After cutting the Griffins lead to 14-10 with 1:30 left in the opening quarter, the Rebels went cold and wouldn’t get on the scoreboard again until 30 seconds had passed in the third quarter.
“That was a good team we played out there,” T.F. South coach Steve Breshock said. “If you get out of sync even for an instant they kill you, you’re out of position and they get a wide open three. That’s what got us today.”
That was the story as Lincoln-Way East’s Kara Krolicki hit five three pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points to pace the Griffins (3-0).
Despite the lopsided score, the Rebels hung around in every other quarter against the bigger and more experienced Griffins.
Ninah Bertrand led T.F. South with a solid all-around game, getting 12 points and seven rebounds.
“Ninah is a heck of a player,” Breshock said. “She’s only about 5-4 but every game she has double points, nearly double rebounds and is near the team lead in every other category.”
Size played a huge role in the Rebels loss Saturday against a Griffins team that starts a pair of 6-foot-2 post players.
Without a starter over 5-8, the Rebels struggled to get the ball inside and had only four points in the paint the entire game.
“You have to have handles to get into the paint,” Bertrand said. “I think the advantage for them was more mental, playing against that kind of size can mess with your head you have to come out and play all four quarters, you can’t get stagnant like we did today.”
Despite the loss there were still plenty of successes over the three-day tournament for the Rebels.
“We came in with a few goals this week,” Breshock said. “One was to play all three days, which we did, but we also wanted to improve in how we play in back-to-back games. Last year we were terrible in back to backs. This year, I think we did really well.”
Breshock wasn’t the only one to looking at the positives from the loss.
“I think getting to the final showed that we have the talent to compete,” Bertrand said. “We’re young but we have the ability to play against more experienced teams we just have to play hard and continue to play up to our potential and go from there.”
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