The 13-point lead appeared to be a comfortable one for Glenbrook South’s girls basketball team early in the third quarter of a Class 4A regional title game on Friday night.
Not to Titans coach Steve Weissenstein.
Not against Maine South’s Hawks.
“They’re such good three-point shooters,” the coach said after seventh-seeded Maine South stunned his second-seeded club 44-39 at Glenbrook North on Feb. 17.
“This one was tough,” he added.
Maine South (18-13), which advanced to a Niles West Sectional semifinal on Feb. 20, made life on a court tough for Titans senior guard and University of Denver-bound Carie Weinman all night, limiting her to two points through three quarters and six total.
“(The Hawks) did a great job on Carie,” Weissenstein said. “They did not allow her many touches.”
Glenbrook South (22-6) almost didn’t yield a point in the first frame, as it tallied the first 10 points and got a trey from senior guard Callie Pekosh (7 points) in the waning seconds.
Junior Hayley Semple netted the Hawks’ lone basket – a three-pointer – with 48 seconds left in the quarter.
The Titans’ Liz LaPierre (team-high 11 points, 6 rebounds) made a basket and ensuing free throw to expand her squad’s lead to 16-5 at 6:30 of the second quarter.
Pekosh’s driving layup from the left side secured that seemingly cozy advantage of 13 points (24-11) in the second minute of the third stanza. But Maine South drilled five treys the rest of the way while outscoring the favored Titans 33-15.
Hawks sophomore guard Sophia Albano scored all of her game-high 13 points after halftime, and Semple finished with 12 points.
Maine South tied it at 39-39 at 2:48 of the fourth quarter and went ahead 41-39 at 1:38.
The victors held the Titans scoreless in the final 3:19.
GBS junior guard Lizzy Shaw struck for eight points, and senior forward Gabby Amesquita contributed seven points for the Titans, who defeated the Hawks twice during the regular season.
Weinman – No. 3 on the program’s all-time scoring list – paced the team in rebounds (8) and steals (4) in her final prep game. The 5-foot-9 standout averaged nearly 25 points per game in the 2016-17 season.
In a game against Deerfield this winter, she poured in 33 points – in the first half.
“Carie did so much for us,” Weissenstein said. “Handling the ball, playing defense, scoring … everything. She was a phenomenal, phenomenal player.”