Biggins scores 26, shoots St. Edward over Wheaton Academy

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/13/2022 10:36 PM

Brooke Biggins simply wasn't going to let St. Edward lose on Senior Night.

Playing the entire 32 minutes, Biggins scored 26 points with 4 assists and 5 steals.

 

The senior guard's effort was enough to produce a 54-49 victory for the Green Wave over pesky Wheaton Academy in Metro Suburban crossover action in Elgin Thursday night.

Biggins was 9-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line for the winners.

The Wave, which won their seventh straight game, move to 10-9 for the season.

"It was all about matchups," said Green Wave coach Michelle Dawson. "Brooke gave us great energy with her athleticism to start the game."

Biggins scored 8 of St. Edward's first 9 points as the hosts led 9-1 with 5:33 left in the first quarter.

"I was happy we got the home win on Senior Night," said Biggins. "My teammates gave me great assists."

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Wheaton Academy's first basket of the game came at 4:40 on a 12-footer in the lane by Emma Tate to make the score 10-3.

Leading 28-25 at halftime, St. Edward scored the first 8 points of the second half on a pair of 3s from Biggins and a driving layup from Alexia Alfaro to go up 36-25 with 5:08 left in the third quarter.

The visiting Warriors refused to quit. Wheaton Academy's first points of the second half came on a 3-pointer by Jillian Paulson to make the score 36-28 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.

Wheaton Academy methodically whittled away at the Wave's and took its only lead at 49-48 on a 3 by Paulson with 2:22 left.

Those would be the last points the Warriors would score.

On a layup by Alfaro and 2 free throws each by Biggins and Delaney Lutzow, St. Edward closed out the game on a 6-0 run to win by 5.

Alfaro, connecting on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, backed up Biggins with 15 points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This was our second straight 4-game week," said Dawson. "We were certainly fatigued."

Connecting on 7-of-15 from 3-point range, Wheaton Academy got three 3s from Paulson and 2 each by Tate and Olivia Rinde. Paulson led the Warriors with 18 points followed by Tate with 17 and Rinde with 10, 7 in the fourth quarter.

St. Edward was coming off a 42-38 win over Larkin on Wednesday in the Elgin City Tournament. Alfaro led the Wave with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Maggie Jarzemsky grabbed 15 boards.

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