York doesn't miss opportunity against Glenbard West
Three late free throws by York senior Sara Krissinger were key, but just as important was her miss.
Off that missed foul shot, Krissinger hustled to the loose ball for her seventh rebound and more importantly, an extra possession with less than 25 seconds to play that essentially cinched her team's 38-32 West Suburban Conference Silver Division win over host Glenbard West on Tuesday night.
"I've been more aggressive and have made some risks," Krissinger said of her play lately. "After my shot bounced off (the rim), I saw everyone turn and I just went to go get it."
The Dukes milked time off the clock before Krissinger was fouled again, but this time she sank both her free throws.
Krissinger and company overcame a standout performance from Glenbard West 6-foot-2 center Taylor Huff, who finished with a game-high 17 points and 7 rebounds, with a balanced offensive attack.
No York player scored more than 9 points, but six scored at least four. Krissinger led the way with 9 points, followed by Megan Juneman and Carley Schwartz with 8 apiece and Sydney Molis with 7.
"That's an amazing thing to me, that our team is so (strong) across the board," Krissinger said. "We don't have one scorer with 30 or 20 points. We can sub in and sub out and have people scoring everywhere. ... They take away one of our players, we have four other good ones ready to go."
While Huff had her way inside, the Hilltoppers struggled from the field otherwise, especially from the outside.
Emma Hall converted Glenbard West's first 3-point attempt early in the first quarter. From there the Hilltoppers missed 17 straight 3s.
"I think partly we hurried up on offense, where we were taking some quick shots versus being a little more patient and looking for a good shot," Glenbard West coach Kristi Faulkner said.
A low-scoring affair was bolstered by a first-quarter outlier that saw 30 combined points.
Juneman scored six points to lead five Dukes who scored in the quarter. Huff also scored 6, and it was 18-12 in York's favor after one.
The defenses took over in the second quarter, as the teams combined for 11 turnovers and just 9 points with York taking a 22-17 lead into halftime.
York held Glenbard West at an arm's length through the third quarter and most of the fourth.
But thanks to Huff and stiff defense, led by Addison Yeager's two fourth-quarter steals, Glenbard West made it a one-possession game late in the quarter and had a shot to tie the game.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers' shooting drought continued, a would-be trying 3 was off the mark and Glenbard West picked up its third league loss.
York moved to 7-1 in the Silver, and thanks to a Lyons win over Downers Grove North on Tuesday, it also moved into first place in the league as it chases its first league title in seven years.