Jan. 24, 2013
GALESBURG—Sophomore guard Makenzie Frank (Knoxville) scored a team-high 16 points and the Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team upset 17th-ranked Illinois Valley 63-58 for its first Arrowhead Conference victory on Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Sandburg (7-11, 1-4) took a lasting lead at 50-48 on a putback by freshman guard Jordyn Chasteen (Canton) with 7 minutes, 28 seconds to play. A Frank 3-pointer followed by a layup from freshman guard Paige Martin (Farmington) at 5:05 gave the Chargers their largest lead of the second half at 55-48.
“Coach said we needed to rebound better and I just went and got it,” Chasteen said of her go-ahead score. “We haven’t played very well since winter break, but we’ve been working our way out of it and played a lot better tonight. We needed this win.”
The Eagles (15-5, 3-2) pulled within 59-58 with :51.7 left, but Sandburg scored the game’s final four points, beginning with a layup by sophomore forward Jessica Abel (Farmington) at :41.0.
The Chargers stormed to a 17-3 lead with 11 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Eagles used a 21-2 burst to go ahead 27-21 with 4:32 left. Sandburg, though, weathered the storm to stay within 33-30 at halftime.
“I think they felt a little pressure and we could see they were starting to get tired,” said freshman forward Marysa Remick (ROWVA), who scored 14. “We wanted to come right at them in the second half.”
Sophomore guard Arnisha Thomas scored a game-high 21, but no other player reached double figures for IVCC.
“The key to the game for us was our defense and rebounding,” Chargers coach Mike Bailey said. “They could’ve just quit late in the first half and didn’t, so I hope that’s a sign of things to come.”
The Chargers are back in action at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elgin. Sandburg’s next conference game is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Black Hawk.