Defensive miscues cost Maine East against St. Viator
Maine East's Jazlene Gonzalez (13) goes for two points against St. Viator during their match at the Saint Viator snowflake Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament Thursday. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 27, 2012 11:42PM
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — After Erin Fabbri drained her lone 3-pointer of the first half, the St. Viator announcer’s call of “Erin ‘Fabulous’ Fabbri for 3” boomed over Cahill Gym’s sound system.
Shortly thereafter, Fabbri picked up her second foul of the first quarter and spent the final 10:48 of the first half on the bench.
But in the second half of St. Viator’s 55-47 victory over the Maine East girls basketball team, Fabbri was truly fabulous. The junior shooting guard went 4-of-6 from behind the arc Thursday and scored 20 of her career-high 26 points in the second half.
Fabbri’s offensive explosion booked St. Viator’s ticket to the championship game of the St. Viator Snowflake Tournament. The Lions will play Fenton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“I was really frustrated on the bench, seeing what was going on, seeing the wide-open shots,” Fabbri said. “I knew, after halftime, I could just go in and show them what I’ve got.”
St. Viator’s ability to generate open looks from behind the 3-point line was a theme throughout the second half of Thursday night’s game, which Maine East led by as many as eight points in the second quarter. In addition to Fabbri’s four 3-pointers, senior Jennie Horstmann and sophomore Susie Moynihan both drained open 3-pointers.
For Maine East coach Karol Hanusiak, St. Viator’s open 3-point attempts were due to both superior ball movement by St. Viator and defensive breakdowns within the Blue Demons’ 2-3 zone.
“They absolutely outplayed us tonight,” Hanusiak said. “They had more hustle, more desire, more everything. They were just faster to the basketball. They were moving the ball faster than we were. And then we just had mental breakdowns on defense. We weren’t in our spots; we weren’t covering the way we needed to cover. We were basically doing our own thing out there instead of sticking to the plan. That’s really what it came down to.”
Maine East junior Shaylee Sloan scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game. The Blue Demons will play in the tournament’s third-place game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Jan. 3 to read more about the Maine East girls basketball team.
St. Viator Snowflake Tournament
St. Viator 55, Maine East 47
St. Viator (10-8)
Erin Fabbri 26, Jennie Horstmann 8, Michelle Presslak 7, Maddie McAteer 4, Justice Johnson 4, Susie Moynihan 3, Didi Aburaad 0, Jessica Hohlweg 0, Kelsey Trimble 0, Samy Stanley 0.
Maine East (6-10)
Shaylee Sloan 18, Jazlene Gonzalez 12, Janelle Alba Garner 6, Mary Younan 5, Elanta Slowek 4, Maria Protic 2, Alyssa Matej 0, Amanda Roddy 0, Maddie McTague 0.
St. Viator 7-14-19-15 — 55
Maine East 11-13-15-12 — 47
3-point goals — St. Viator 8 (Erin Fabbri 5, Jennie Horstmann 2, Susie Moynihan 1), Maine East 2 (Jazlene Gonzalez 2).
Fouled out — Maria Protic. Team fouls — St. Viator 12, Maine East 12.