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CLARKSTON — The Clarkston Everest Collegiate girls basketball team made big plays down the stretch and held off Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 52-42, in a Catholic League C-D division quarterfinal Saturday.

The Mountaineers saw their double digit lead at halftime dwindle to three at the end of the third, and nailed 11-of-16 free throw attempts in the final minutes and played tough defense to edge past the Ventures.

Everest (14-4) will advance to face Riverview Gabriel Richard Wednesday at Novi Detroit Catholic Central for the right to move to the championship game.

“I think free throws were key for us,” Everest coach Erin Van Wagoner said. “Overall tonight, we did everything we prepared to do. We stepped up to the challenge and looked to get it inside to where our strengths were — our big girls — and that really worked out well for us.”

Bishop Foley trailed 33-22 at the half in part because of good defense and inside play by the Mountaineers, but stormed back with their outside shooting, which gave them a huge lift throughout the night.

Emma Wonsil hit her first of two 3-pointers in the third to close the lead to 33-27, and then Abigail Lama cut the deficit to two on a triple later on.

After four straight points by the Mountaineers, Juliana Aiuto and Cyndi Claucherty nailed three-of-four free throws to close the lead to three at the end of the quarter.

The Ventures cut it to two when Aiuto hit a free throw early in the quarter, but from there Everest executed and strengthened the lead in the final minutes.

The Mountaineers’ final nine points came from the stripe as they played tight defense and got to the line to close out the game.

A pair of free throws from Lucia Westrick, who finished 10-for-15 at the line, sealed it with less than a minute left and the Mountaineers leading 50-42.

The game was hard-fought and heated at times, with both teams fighting for loose balls and rebounds, and both squads gave a good effort and played well in the second half.

Everest had success working the ball inside to its post players, who used their size to earn trips to the free throw line and pressure the Bishop Foley defense.

“I just want to continue keeping up our momentum and our spirit,” Van Wagoner said. “We really played well as a team tonight and that’s what our key was.”

The Mountaineers had a balanced attack led by the perimeter shooting and penetrating ability of Ashley Lowney, who finished with 16 points, as well as the inside play of forwards Mary Jo Allen, and Westrick, who both had 12.

Bishop Foley fell behind 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and by as many as 13 in the second, but hung close thanks to its outside shooting.

Aiuto drilled a three early in the second frame and was followed with two triples and a long 2-pointer from Kristin Doxen, who was hot from the perimeter, finishing with 11 points in the first half.

Abigail Lama chipped in five points in the third quarter, and the Ventures received a balanced attack with Claucherty and Doxen leading the way with 11 each.

The Ventures pounced on loose balls in the second half and didn’t allow the Mountaineers many good looks at the basket in the final quarter.

“The third quarter we did what we had to do,” Foley coach Dave Joseph said. “We had our opportunities in the beginning of the fourth quarter and we needed to do better with making the most of our opportunities.”

CLARKSTON EVEREST COLLEGIATE 52, MADISON HEIGHTS BISHOP FOLEY 42

FOLEY —Emma Wonsil (2) 6; Cynthia Claucherty 2 (1) 4-6 11; Juliana Aiuto 1 (1) 2-6 7 ; Lauren Cross 0-2 0; Renee Fischer 1 2; Kristin Doxen 2 (2) 1-2 11; Abigail Lama 1 (1) 5; Totals 7 (7) 7-16 42.

EVEREST — Angelina Mastromatteo 2 (1) 7; Ashley Lowney 8 16; Mary Jo Allen 4 4-9 12; Kersten Engle 2 4; Lucia Westrick 1 10-15 12; Sarina Nallamothu 1-2 1; Totals 17 (1) 15-26 52.

SCORE BY QUARTER

F 8 14 13 7 — 42

E 18 15 5 14 — 52

RECORDS — Foley 7-8; Everest 14-4

Last Updated: 2/10/2013 1:02:24 PM EST


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