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Brittany Collins leads Maine West over Maine South

02/20/2014, 10:15pm CST
By Dan Shalin | For Sun-Times Media | @danshalin

The senior forward scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half.

Maine West 43, Maine South 39
 
THE SKINNY

 
Maine West senior forward Brittany Collins scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as the No. 4-seeded Warriors (17-11) won the Class 4A Maine West girls basketball regional title Thursday in Des Plaines. It is Maine West’s first regional crown since 2009. The Warriors advanced to play top-seeded New Trier at 6 p.m. Monday in the Maine East Sectional semifinal.
 
TURNING POINT

Collins broke a 37-37 tie with 1:23 remaining when she scored a bucket, drew a foul and hit the free throw. Collins then hit 1 of 2 free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game.
 
THE STAR

Collins, who came in averaging between 24 and 25 points per game, also had 14 rebounds. She scored 16 of her team’s final 19 points. Collins rebounded from a tough first half. Fifth-seeded Maine South (18-13) double- and triple-teamed the 6-foot Collins all night and held her to 2-for-6 shooting in the first half. Maine South led 19-12 at the break. 
 
BY THE NUMBERS
 
Senior guard Erin Ross added eight points for the Warriors, hitting two key free throws with 33.1 seconds remaining. Senior Hailey Schoneman led Maine South with 10 points. She added nine rebounds. Maine West beat Maine South by the identical 43-39 score when the two teams met Dec. 17, 2013, at Maine South.
 
QUOTABLE
 
“You can’t beat [Collins’] ability to get up for a game and to play the game hard and the right way. She never complains and is always ready to go. She’s very coachable. That makes for a great player.” — Maine West coach  coach Derril Kipp

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