Glenbard South snaps Bartlett's 28-game home streak

 
 
Updated 1/21/2020 10:50 PM

Despite being short-handed due to illnesses, Glenbard South's girls basketball team accomplished something Tuesday night that hasn't been done this season.

The Raiders (16-5, 9-3) handed Bartlett its first Upstate Eight Conference loss -- and first homecourt loss since 2017, scoring 43 second-half points on the way to a 59-58 victory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Junior guard Lauren Cohen tallied 11 of her team-leading 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Raiders rebounded from Monday's nonconference loss to Marian Catholic.

"We really wanted this one," said Cohen, who added 4 steals and 4 assists while connecting on 11 of her 12 free-throw attempts. "We had a tough loss yesterday, so we really wanted to get back to it."

Bartlett (18-8, 11-1) led 22-16 at the half and opened a 29-21 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Raiders went on an 8-0 run to tie it at 29-29.

That run included 4 points from junior forward Alex Wilharm, who tallied 11 of her 16 points in the third quarter and finished with 9 rebounds.

"That was an impressive game for her," said Raiders coach Morgan Eufrasio. "She doesn't normally score a ton for us. She played a great game."

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The Hawks answered with a 3-pointer from Lexie Sinclair and a 3-point play and 3-pointer from Mackenzie Hare to grab a 38-32 lead.

But the Raiders scored the final 7 points of the quarter, capped by Wilharm's 3-point play and basket inside, to take a 39-38 lead into the final period.

"We did a nice job handling their pressure," said Eufrasio. "We got a lot of open looks on that."

While Bartlett tied the game at 41-41 on a 3-pointer from junior Trinity Reyes (11 points, 3 steals) with 6:54 remaining, Glenbard South took the lead for good with Cohen's layup on its next possession.

A layup by Akayhla Dixon (16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals) and pair of free throws from Cohen extended the Raiders' lead to 47-41 with 5:31 left.

The Hawks trimmed the deficit to 1 on 2 separate occasions late -- the first at 49-48 with 3:30 left before Rocky LaPonte hit a 3-pointer on a second-chance look to make it 52-48 -- and the second at 56-55 on Hare's 3-pointer off an inbounds pass from Sinclair (18 points, 7 assists, 3 steals) with 45 seconds remaining.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Bartlett is a good team -- they're very athletic," said Eufrasio. "We have opposite styles. They want to run and gun, and we want to go slow and take our time."

Cohen split a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left before LaPonte added 2 more free throws to make it 59-55 with 9 seconds left, rendering Hare's 3-pointer at the buzzer a moot point.

Cohen and LaPonte had the unenviable task of defending the Hawks' top 2 scorers -- Sinclair and Hare (20 points).

"They're asked to carry the bulk of our offensive load, too, but they're used to that," said Eufrasio. "They did a nice job tonight."

The loss snapped the Hawks' 28-game home winning streak dating back to a 51-40 loss to St. Charles East on Dec. 12 of 2017.

"We got killed on the boards," said Hawks coach Joe Eirich. "We just ran out of gas. We were a little slow in our rotations.

"We'll bounce back."

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