No doubt, Carie Weinman experienced a whole range of emotions on Tuesday night at Evanston High School.
Prior to tipoff — in a game which would decide a league championship — the Glenbrook South star was announced as the Central Suburban League South Division Player of the Year.
It was a satisfying moment for a player more than worthy of the honor. Weinman, a four-year varsity starter who will play her college hoops at the University of Denver, is averaging more than 20 points per game.
What she didn’t have going for her on his night was opportunity. Credit Evanson, and in particular, TaMia Banks, for that.
Weinman, who is usually wildly effective as a three-point shooter, attempted only three shots from long range (2-for-3) in 32 minutes of action.
“I thought TaMia’s defensive pressure on her was the difference in the game,” said Evanston first-year head coach Brittanny Johnson, following her team’s 47-40 victory. “Carie is a great player. But we were pretty confident that TaMia would make her work for everything.”
Earlier this season, Banks held Trinity standout Lauren Lee to zero points.
“I thought they did a good job on Carie,” said GBS head coach Steve Weissenstein. “Carie had to battle for everything. She didn’t get a lot of shots, which is something we have to work on.”
Weinman had her moments — especially in the third quarter. The guard tallied nine of her team-high 12 points in that frame. She scored in a variety of ways: a three-pointer, a drive, a give and go pass from teammate Callie Pekosh and two free throws.
It looked like the game might flip in the third quarter, when the Titans (21-5, 8-2) went on a 9-0 run.
But Evanston, a veteran squad which upped its record to 10-0 in the CSL South and 24-3 overall, refused to collapse during that GBS run.
Then, the usually hard-rushing Wildkits, who built a 20-12 first-quarter lead, slowed the game down in the fourth quarter — and made it work to their advantage.
“I thought we played some pretty good defense in the second half,” said Weissenstein.
The GBS coach also liked what he saw from sophomore guard Makayla Stadler.
“She’s really come on in the second half of the season,” said Weissenstein. “She’s lightning quick. She’s competitive. And she plays her best in pressure situations.”
Using a fearless mentality, Stadler scored all eight of her points on drives to the basket.
Pekosh was GBS’s second leading scorer. She had 10 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
In addition to Weinman, junior guard Lizzy Shaw was recognized prior to the game. She earned all-CSL South honors.
Glenbrook South Game Balls: Makayla Stadler, Carie Weinman
Evanston Game Balls: Leighah-Amori Wool, TaMia Banks
Player of the Game: Wool
GBS Stat Leaders: Weinman (12 points, 4 rebounds), Callie Pekosh (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Stadler (8 points, 3 steals), Lizzy Shaw (4 points, 3 rebounds), Gabby Amesquita (5 rebounds)
Evanston Stat Leaders: Wool (17 points), Krystal Forrester (8 points)