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Reavis overcomes third-quarter deficit, wins in overtime

02/11/2014, 8:45pm CST
By Tony Baranek |

Katelyn LoRusso led Reavis with 22 points in a 54-50 overtime win over Evergreen Park.

Reavis finished last season with seven varsity players and eight victories.

The Rams are 14 strong now, and Tuesday scored their 16th win in a 54-50 South Suburban Red overtime thriller against Evergreen Park.

Double the roster, double the wins. Double the fun?

"It's so crazy. As a team we're so close," Rams center Paulina Gal said. "I've never been on a team where we all get along. We're so close as a team we just stick together and motivate each other to push. We want to put our best out there."

The Rams definitely bonded when they needed to, rallying from a 12-point third quarter deficit, and then hitting free throws in overtime to secure the victory.

Katelyn LoRusso led the way for Reavis (16-9, 9-4) with 22 points, while Ashley Galason added 11 points, Natalie Dudek 11 points,  and Gal nine points and eight rebounds.

Megan Pfister (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Zoe Monks (16 points) paced Evergreen Park (13-13, 4-8).

Reavis will finish with its first winning season since the Bill Smiles-coached Rams went back-to-back with 21-5 and 14-11 records from 1995-97.

"At the start (of the season) I was pretty excited," LoRusso said. "After being up on last year on the varsity with only seven girls, having this big of a team made it easier. And I liked the girls who came up this year. We're good together."

Evergreen Park tested their mettle midway through the third period, using a 10-0 run to break open what had been a one-point game. Pfister and Monks were at the heart of it with a three-pointer and a three-point play respectively. Monks later added a trey to make it 40-28.

The final minute of the quarter saw Reavis gain a spark, when Dudek scored on a running bank-in, Galason hit a free throw and Gal tallied on a layup to cut the deficit to seven.

Evergreen Park led 50-43 three minutes into the fourth quarter when the Mustangs went into a deep freeze that saw them not score on their final 20 possessions of the game.

Reavis, meanwhile, scored seven points over the final 3:20 on a running bank-in and a three by LoRusso, and got the game-tying basket by Gal on a throw-in by LoRusso.

Gal broke the tie with 1:23 remaining in overtime by hitting both ends of a 1-and-1 and on the Rams' next possession Dudek did the  same.

"We've been playing good as a team, and we've been finishing (games) lately," LoRusso said. "It's been pretty good."

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