OAK PARK HEIGHTS — A strong second half helped Cretin-Derham Hall pull away from Stillwater for a 44-36 Suburban East Conference girls’ basketball victory on Friday at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies (1-10 SEC, 4-14) trailed by one point at halftime and pulled even at 24-all in the second half before Cretin-Derham Hall (5-6, 8-10) went on an 8-0 to take control. Stillwater answered with four straight points to pull within 32-28, but was unable to catch the Raiders.
“Our turnovers led to a (Raiders) run, but then we made a run to get back into it but we went three straight possessions when we had chances,” Ponies coach Gerard Coury said.
A season-high 33 turnovers and shooting struggles plagued the Ponies, who played well enough defensively to stay in the game. Stillwater connected on just 12 of 48 shots from the field, including 0 for 9 from behind the three-point arc.
Haley Balzart pulled down nine rebounds to go along with eight points for the Ponies. She drew a tough defensive assignment and was up to the task while limiting 6-foot-2 post player Jordyn Alt to just eight points. The Ponies also held 6-foot freshman post player Elizabeth Odegard to seven points.
“They start two big post players and Balzart was really good,” Coury said. “Defensively, we’ve been really good the last couple of weeks and the scores are in our favor. We’re not going to score 70 or 80 points a game so we need to play games in the 30s and 40s and we’ve been able to do that.”
Rilee Day joined Balzart with eight points to lead the Ponies.
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Cretin-Derham Hall 19 25 — 44
Stillwater 18 18 — 36
Cretin-Derham Hall (pts): Anne Johnson 3, Jennifer Kleason 12, Maureen Czech 8, Hannah Howard 6, Elizabeth Odegard 7 and Jordyn Alt 8.
Stillwater: Annie Lauber 2, Natalie Johnson 6, Larissa Colvin 4, Morgan Tschumperlin 5, Rilee Day 8, Haley Balzart 8 and Paige Becker 3.
3-pointers: C-DH, 0; St, 0.
Free throws: C-DH, 18-32; St, 10-18.