MINOOKA – It was déjà vu all over again Monday night for the Minooka and Providence varsity girls basketball teams as the Indians defeated the visiting Celtics, 40-36.
On Dec. 28, Minooka trailed Providence, 29-16, at halftime before rallying to win, 44-43, at the Lincoln-Way East Medieval Classic. On Monday, the Indians were down 22-15 at halftime, but Brooklyn Bachmann had eight points in the first three minutes of the second half as Minooka more than erased its deficit.
“It was almost a carbon copy of when we played them the first time,” Minooka coach Ray Liberatore said. “I liked the way we obviously put the ball in the basket. Brooklyn hit those 3s. When you fall behind like that, especially at the end of the half, so much, I think, of it is, how does the second half start?”
Back-and-forth play ensued after Bachmann’s second 3-pointer in a 51-second span made the score 26-25 Minooka with 5:17 left in the third quarter. A Maeve Garvey 3-pointer lifted Providence into a 30-29 lead by the end of the third, but Minooka gained the lead, and kept it, on Erin Heide’s free throws with 3:16 left in the game.
Heide’s were the first of six straight makes for the Indians that, along with Providence missing its last five field-goal attempts, kept them ahead. Minooka’s first free-throw miss of the quarter was part of a controversial stretch that sealed the win.
With three seconds to play, Minooka senior Bethany Bachmann went to the line and missed an attempt. Although the scoreboard only showed nine fouls for Providence, Bachmann was awarded, and made, a second attempt. As the referees huddled at the scorer’s table, it was determined that Providence had, in fact, committed 10 fouls in the half, and the shot counted.
“I was really nervous when they almost didn’t count it,” Bethany Bachmann said. “Even if I had to shoot it again, and didn’t end up making it, as long as we didn’t let them shoot any [open] shots that they would make, we would be OK.”
Providence went 1 for 10 from the field in the fourth quarter and was 4 for 19 for the entire second half. The Celtics also were out-rebounded, 15-4, in the second half after controlling the board battle, 17-13, in the first.
“I thought we defended a little bit better in the first half, and I don’t think we had enough rebounds,” Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “We were around the ball. We got to get a little tougher around the glass. We didn’t come up with the ball, and I thought that hurt us. We just gotta finish some plays. I thought it was a great game.”
Heide scored 15 points to lead all players and tied for the Minooka (12-3) lead in rebounds with six. Alyssa Jurges paced Providence (13-8) with 12 points.