Time literally ran out on Cary-Grove's valiant comeback.
Down by as many as 19 points in the second half, the Trojans fell a little short, dropping a 64-60 decision to McHenry in Fox Valley Conference girls basketball action in McHenry Saturday night.
"I told the girls at halftime we passed up way too many open shots in the first half and that everybody needs to take their shot when open in the second half," said Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert. "We did that in the second half. The girls took their shots and stepped up. I am really pleased with the way we played in the second half against a very talented McHenry team."
Led by 10 points and 13 rebounds from Liz Alsot, McHenry opened up a 38-23 advantage at intermission.
With layups by Ava Interrante and Isabelle Gscheidle, the Warriors (8-1, 2-0) led 42-23 with 6:56 left in the third quarter.
Spearheaded by a pair of 3-pointers from Katie Sowa and 3 by Elsa Larry the Trojans were able to climb within 10, 50-40, after 24 minutes of action.
To start the fourth quarter Allison Raupp, who was fouled while shooting beyond the arc, canned all 3 free throws to make the score 50-43 with 7:09 left in the game.
With a try from Nicolette Richardi Cary-Grove (4-4, 1-2) got within 3, 60-57, with 43 seconds remaining in the contest.
The Warriors sealed the win on a 4 of 4 effort from the free throw line by Gscheidle in the last 25 seconds.
"We know Cary-Grove will never quit," said McHenry coach Rob Niemic. "They are a good team that is well coached. Give Cary-Grove a lot of credit. We need to have the next play mentality and control what we can control. We played a little out of control."
The Trojans, who outscored McHenry 37-26 in the second half, were 7 of 10 from 3-point land.
Sowa, with 3 treys, led the Trojans with 20 points while Vanessa Morris had a pair of fourth quarter 3s and scored 10 points with 4 assists. Like Morris, Richardi buried a pair of fourth quarter 3s and ended with 8 points. Raupp made 7 of 7 from the charity stripe in the second half for 7 points.
Alsot enjoyed a monster statistical night for the Warriors with 16 points and 23 rebounds. Aannah Interrante equaled Alsot with 16 points. Gscheidle connected on 7 of 7 from the line and scored 15 points while Ava Interrante had 11 for the winners.