Big 4th quarter gives Glenbrook South Neibch title over Wheaton North

  • Glenbrook South's Gena Davorjia dribbles out of pressure by Wheaton North's Lindsey Shanahan during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Gena Davorjia dribbles out of pressure by Wheaton North's Lindsey Shanahan during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) drives past Wheaton North's Zoey Bohmer (1) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) drives past Wheaton North's Zoey Bohmer (1) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots the ball on the baseline over Wheaton North's Sophia Fadel (35) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots the ball on the baseline over Wheaton North's Sophia Fadel (35) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots a floater in the paint over Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) and Anna Durow (13) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots a floater in the paint over Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) and Anna Durow (13) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) shoots the ball in the post against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) shoots the ball in the post against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Sara Abdul (24) shoots a free throw against Glenbrook South during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Sara Abdul (24) shoots a free throw against Glenbrook South during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Lindsey Shanahan (3) drives to the hoop against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) and Sidney Rogers (10) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Lindsey Shanahan (3) drives to the hoop against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) and Sidney Rogers (10) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots the ball in the lane against Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) and Gena Davorjia (3) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic Tuesday in Wheaton.

    Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots the ball in the lane against Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) and Gena Davorjia (3) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic Tuesday in Wheaton. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots a three pointer against Glenbrook South during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) shoots a three pointer against Glenbrook South during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) plays the ball in the post against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) plays the ball in the post against Glenbrook South's Madison Luckey (31) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's head coach Scott Nemecek talks to his players during a break in play against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's head coach Scott Nemecek talks to his players during a break in play against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Anna Rosenberger (25) defends the paint against Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Anna Rosenberger (25) defends the paint against Wheaton North's Claire Hyde (13) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) drives to the hoop against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) drives to the hoop against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Gena Davorjia (3) shoots the ball in post against Wheaton North's Sara Abdul (24) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Gena Davorjia (3) shoots the ball in post against Wheaton North's Sara Abdul (24) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Anna Durow (13) shoots the ball off of a backdoor cut against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Anna Durow (13) shoots the ball off of a backdoor cut against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) brings the ball up the court against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) brings the ball up the court against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots the ball against Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Chloe Gonzalez (15) shoots the ball against Wheaton North's Allie Whitmer (25) during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) shoots a free throw late in the 4th quarter of play against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South's Sidney Rogers (10) shoots a free throw late in the 4th quarter of play against Wheaton North during the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship game at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South players celebrate their victory over Wheaton North to win the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South players celebrate their victory over Wheaton North to win the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

  • Glenbrook South players celebrate their victory over Wheaton North to win the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021.

    Glenbrook South players celebrate their victory over Wheaton North to win the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic basketball tournament championship at Wheaton North High School on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Media

 
 
Updated 12/28/2021 10:06 PM

Claire Hyde put both hands on her head in frustration after she was met in midair by a defender and missed a runner.

Hyde, Wheaton North's 5-foot-4 all-everything guard, was bumped and grabbed throughout Tuesday's game trying to get free from Glenbrook South's defense. On three occasions she had her shot blocked at the rim in the fourth quarter, and she was knocked to the ground on a late shot in the lane.

 

Nothing new, though.

"I kind of expect that with some teams more than others," Hyde said. "They stayed with it for sure. It's a growing experience."

The young Falcons likewise took another lesson in defeat. For the second time this season, they came up short in a tournament championship.

Wheaton North, without two starters, led all the way into the fourth quarter, but Glenbrook South used a 25-point fourth quarter to charge past the Falcons to a 57-48 win and the championship of the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.

The Titans (9-6) overcame the 26 points and nine rebounds from tournament MVP Hyde, who had to earn every basket on 9-for-31 shooting.

"In the Lyons championship game we didn't play well against LT, and the majority of that is due to LT and their athleticism and today, in our championship game we didn't play well because of Glenbrook South's physicality," Wheaton North coach Dave Eaton said. "They got into us a little bit and we just didn't respond. We haven't had a team be physical with us and they did a great job taking us out of what we want to do offensively."

Wheaton North (12-3) led 14-4 early, and nursed that advantage over the next two quarters despite a nearly five-minute scoring drought in the second quarter and a three-minute dry spell in the third while Hyde sat with three fouls.

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But the Falcons couldn't hold back the heroics of 5-foot-10 Glenbrook South sophomore Chloe Gonzalez, who erupted for 13 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter.

"She's tremendous," said Titans coach Scott Nemecek, whose program won its sixth Falcon Classic title and first since 2018. "First half she had some good looks, step-in threes she missed, but she knows they'll go in eventually. She has confidence and it's unwavering."

That confidence showed when Gonzalez drilled back-to-back three-pointers from the left wing, the second tying the score at 40-40 with 5:27 left. Her free throw on Glenbrook South's next possession gave the Titans a 41-40 lead with 5:05 left, their first of the game.

"I think I saw the ball go through the hoop a few times, and once it did I got some confidence," said Gonzalez, who shot 8-for-16 from the field, with three three-pointers all coming in the second half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Wheaton North, which hangs its hat on ball-hawking run-and-jump defense, couldn't shut off Glenbrook South's late offensive onslaught that repeatedly broke pressure and turned into layups.

"We switched how we were playing to see if we could get some defensive plays to go, it's a defense we haven't played a lot and we tried to be a little too aggressive. It was sort of out of desperation," Eaton said. "We got out and sort of matched out of a little bit, and when we matched that's when their athleticism shined and they went right to the rim."

No Titan is more athletic than jet-quick point guard Sidney Rogers, who scored nine of her 15 points in the third quarter. Rogers' three-point play in the final seconds of the quarter cut Wheaton North's lead to 34-32.

Glenbrook South shot 63.6% from the floor in the second half, after shooting just 33.3% in the first.

"Wheaton North does such a great job on defense of making you play fast," Nemeck said, "but I think once we were able to slow down and break the seal the girls settled in real nicely."

Wheaton North freshman Sara Abdul, coming off a career-high 23 points in her team's semifinal win, scored 11 of her 13 points in the third quarter Tuesday. Abdul's nifty Eurostep in transition gave the Falcons a 34-29 lead late in the quarter.

But the short-handed Falcons shot just 28.8% for the game while leaning heavily on Hyde with senior Caroline Gaither out with a foot injury and COVID, and fellow starter Eden Pearson also down with COVID.

Wheaton North was denied its first Falcon Classic title since 2016, but Eaton already was looking ahead.

"Tournaments are for this," he said. "We talked about it, two wins get you a regional, two more get you a sectional. That's the point of tournaments and hopefully we learn from this."

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