Rosary's late run sinks St. Edward

By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 12/2/2021 9:21 PM

In a game of runs, Rosary made the last one.

Tied at 38 late, the Royals reeled off 9 straight points to take command and held on to defeat St. Edward, 49-41, in Metro Suburban action Thursday in Elgin.


Emily Hurst scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Rosary (4-2). Brooke Biggins led all scorers with 21 points for St. Edward.

Trailing 38-36, St. Edward called timeout. Out of the timeout, a bucket by Alexia Alfaro tied the game at 38, after which Alexandra Kackert's only field goal of the game ignited Rosary's big run. Following a Green Wave turnover, Hurst scored, Grace Stumm added a basket and 1 of 2 free throws, and a putback by Brooke Pfeiffer finished the scoring spurt.

"We got a spark of energy at the end," said Rosary coach Emily Duckhorn. "I think that timeout really helped us. We were able to kind of compose ourselves. We knew that we were going to win this game inside the paint, so just attacking the paint and doing what we can."

Each team made 19 shots from the field, and the Wave's Morgan Lutzow nailed the game's only 3-pointer, but an 11-2 advantage in made free throws was the difference for Rosary.

Despite making the same number of shots, St. Edward shot 40% to Rosary's 28%, but Rosary got more shots, thanks partly to a 45-32 rebounding advantage and thanks in part to St. Edward's 26 turnovers.

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"We do have to be mentally stronger, and I think if we erase even a quarter of our turnovers, we would have been in a different situation," said Wave coach Michelle Dawson. "We talked now that that's a fixable mistake. The more that these girls play together and get comfortable with each other and once we start getting some of our players back that will help, but it was really the turnovers tonight."

St. Edward (2-4), with 3 players injured, played just 6 and may simply have run out of gas down the stretch. Rosary, by contrast, showed off its depth. Ten Royals checked in and 9 of them scored.

Pfeiffer finished with 8 points, and 4 others scored 4 apiece for the Royals. Grace Stumm grabbed 10 rebounds.

Alfaro finished with 8 points. Delaney Lutzow added 7 points and 11 rebounds.

Rosary took a 20-12 lead midway through the second quarter, but Biggins scored 10 of the next 12 points as the Wave went ahead 24-20.

The second half saw 6 lead changes, with Morgan Lutzow's bomb giving St. Edward its last lead at 36-34.

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