Glenbrook South withstands Willowbrook comeback bid

 
 

Willowbrook gave the No. 2 seed all it could handle Thursday afternoon at Wheaton North's Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.

Down by 18 at halftime, the Warriors pulled as close as 4 points before falling to Glenbrook South 47-41 in the girls basketball tournament quarterfinals.

The seventh-seeded Warriors (12-5) hung close through the first quarter, trailing 13-7 after eight minutes. But Glenbrook South appeared to take control with a 20-8 second quarter.

Not so fast.

"It's never over," said Willowbrook senior guard Maura Heneghan. "We're always ready to bounce right back, come out even harder the second half every time. We came out with our energy and I'm proud of what we did. I just wish we could have done a little more."

The Warriors cut the margin to 4 on a pair of Maura Heneghan 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, but Glenbrook South pulled away to another double-digit advantage.

"I just come off and take what you can, get the opportunities you can for all the girls that come off and they're working hard and just go in and do what you can," Heneghan said of her 3-pointers.

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Again Willowbrook fought back. Katelyn McCann's 3-pointer with a minute to go cut the Glenbrook South lead to 44-41. But the Warriors couldn't overcome the Titans.

"It's always disappointment to lose a game so close like that, but I'm very proud we came back and I think it just makes us more motivated for next time. We're going to come out even harder and do all we can to take the next two wins in this tournament."

McCann led the Warriors with 12 points. The Warriors forced 29 Glenbrook South turnovers.

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