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Wait is worth it for Nazareth with win over Wheaton Academy

02/21/2014, 6:45pm CST
By Chris Vavra | For Sun-Times Media | @chrisvavra1

Nazareth's tough defense and strong post play from senior forward Tetre'Anah Cross helped secure the 3A Timothy Christian Regional over Wheaton Academy.

Nazareth Academy 58, Wheaton Academy 41

THE SKINNY

It took a day longer than planned after a power failure postponed Thursday's game in the fourth quarter with 7 minutes, 7 second left. By then, Nazareth (18-12) had a 44-28 lead over Wheaton Academy (16-10). The Roadrunners returned on Friday and withstood an aggressive attack by the Warriors by clamping down on defense to secure the 3A Timothy Christian Regional title with a 58-41 win.

TURNING POINT

After a Warriors' timeout with 5:06 left in the third, Roadrunners senior forward Tetre'Anah Cross missed a close shot, grabbed her own rebound and made the ensuing outback while drawing a foul. She completed the 3-point play to give the Roadrunners a 29-21 lead, which sparked a 16-4 run. 

THE STAR

Cross was a consistent force in the paint on offense and defense. She finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. She was 7-of-7 from the linel.

BY THE NUMBERS

Roadrunners senior forward Julianna Raimondi had nine points and senior forward Devinne Love added eight. Sophomore guard Jamie Netzley led the Warriors with 12 points. The Roadrunners went to the free throw line often and made it count, converting 20-of-32. They were 10-of-20 in the fourth, post-blackout.

QUOTABLE

"We take great our pride in defense, in playing hard and playing smart. We know that if we do that the offense will come to us eventually." — Cross

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