Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Marist 62, Shepard 24. Asiana Bey's first-quarter buzzer-beater powers RedHawks' fast start in Class 4A regional semifinal victory.
The Hot Read: Marist jumped out to a 27-14 lead at the half en route to scoring a 62-24 girls basketball victory over Shepard in semifinal play Wednesday at the Class 4A Shepard Regional. The RedHawks used their double-teaming pressure defense to shut out the Astros in the third quarter as they widened their lead to 46-14. Jeanice Brewer hit a three-pointer for Shepard and the end of the fourth quarter. but it was nowhere near enough. Patch's MVP: Asiana Bey (13 points, 4 rebounds). Bey hit a shot as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter to give Marist a 15-2 lead. Key Stats: Neither team was exceptional from the free throw line, but the RedHawks were slightly better. Marist went 4-of-9 from the line, while the Astros went 3…
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Jamila McClinton used her signature spin move to her advantage in the Astros' 41-32 girls regional basketball victory on Monday night. But she knows it's going to take more than one move to keep Shepard going in the playoffs.
Shepard's Jamila McClinton looked like a ballerina instead of a basketball player. She was spinning around Eisenhower's players all night in the Astros' 41-32 girls basktball regional victory on Monday. But for McClinton, her moves are just part of the way she learned to play ball. "It (the spin move) started when I was a little bit younger because I started off playing against boys," she said. "They were always bigger than me, so I had to figure out some way to get it up there. Spinning was what I would always go to." McClinton, a senior forward, led the Astros with 15 points and seven rebounds. She scored three of the five points Shepard was limited to in the third quarter and came up with a big block under the basket to help keep the …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Shepard 41, Eisenhower 32. Jamila McClinton scores 15 points and grabs seven rebounds to pace Astros in first round of regional play.
The Hot Read: Shepard put the pressure on early in a 41-32 girls basketball victory over Eisenhower on Monday night in the first round of regional play. The victory was the seventh straight for the Astros, who jumped to an 18-6 first-quarter lead. Eisenhower started to fight back in the second half, narrowing Shepard's lead to 33-24 at the end of the third quarter. But the Astros didn't back down, as they held the Cardinals to eight points in the fourth quarter to come out with the win. Patch's MVP: Jamila McClinton (15 points, 7 rebounds). McClinton came up with a big block under the basket in the third quarter that helped Shepard maintain its lead. Key Stats: Eisenhower was 8--for-15 from the free throw line. Shepard went only 3-for-10 …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Shepard's Amanda Weiss turned pain into passion as she helped the Astros edge Richards.
For sophomore guard Amanda Weiss, Thursday night was about more than just winning. The Shepard girls basketball game was about honoring the memory of her grandfather. Weiss found the strength to pour her heart and soul into the fray despite losing her grandfather on Thursday morning. Weiss scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds to help the Astros notch a 35-30 victory over Richards. She also nailed a three-pointer that enabled Shepard to regain the lead late in fourth quarter. "She's been stepping up each and every game for the last month," Shepard coach Rick Mundo said. "That's what we expected her to do when she walked in the door last year. This will just continue for the next two years, and we're lucky to have her." Weiss …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Shepard 35, Richards 30. Astros stun conference-leading Bulldogs behind the late-game heroics of Jamila McClinton.
The Hot Read: Shepard seemed to feed off the momentum of the Astros' fans to make key shots at the right times in a 35-30 girls basketball victory on Senior Night Thursday. The Astros fought their way back from a 20-11 deficit in the second quarter. Senior forward Jamila McClinton nailed a shot with seconds left to seal the deal for Shepard. Patch's MVP: Richards' Sam Kusta (10 points, 7 rebounds). Kusta came up with a big steal that led to a perfect layup to give the Bulldogs a 16-9 lead in the second quarter. Key Stats: Richards' inability to make free throws hurt. The Bulldogs went just 9-of-28 from the line. Shepard made 5-of-9 free throws. Shepard's Leaders: Raynisha Dent (10 points, 6 rebounds). Amanda Weiss (8 points, 4 rebounds). …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Lemont uses a suffocating defensive effort to defeat Shepard 42-28.
Lemont’s team defense was up to the challenge Thursday night. In need of a win to boost the Indians as the regular season’s end looms over the horizon, Lemont (10-9, 6-1) allowed only one point in the final quarter of its 42-28 win over South Suburban Blue foe Shepard (5-14, 1-6) in Palos Heights. “We were able to stop the penetration and recover back to the shooters,” Lemont coach William Bozue said. “The kids did a great job—great team defense.” Although defense was the theme of the night, the Indians desperately needed to find their offensive flow again after putting up only 28 points in their previous effort, a 30-28 loss to Argo. In the first quarter, Lemont was able to bust out of its funk behind the play of senior forward Brenna …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Oak Forest's pressure defense is too much for Shepard's girls basketball squad.
Colleen Emmett and her Oak Forest teammates wanted to start the conference season with a bold statement. Consider it mission accomplished. Emmett scored a game-high 16 points and added five steals in leading the host Bengals to a 59-17 victory over Shepard in Thursday night's South Suburban Blue girls basketball opener. Emmett, a senior guard, recently was named South Suburban Player of the Week, and she showed no signs of slowing down. "(The award) gives incentive for me to push harder," she said. "We've worked on 'D' a lot and we were pumped up getting a lot of tips in our direction. "This conference win gives us a boost of confidence." The Bengals (5-2 overall, 1-0 in conference) never looked back after jumping out to a 14-2 run. From …
Friday, November 26, 2010
McClinton scores 15 points, comes up big for Astros
- Ken Ryan
Friday, November 26, 2010
Shepard senior Jamila McClinton has been playing basketball with Raynisha Dent for many years. So, when her friend suffered a shoulder injury, McClinton took it upon herself to pick up some of the slack. "One of our leading scorers got hurt, so I knew I had to step up as one of the senior leaders and do what I had to do to help us win," McClinton said. "(Dent) is like my right hand man, and she told me I needed to step up. I knew I had to come out and score." McClinton scored a game-high 15 points Friday and added two blocks, two rebounds and a steal to help Shepard beat Lincoln-Way Central 35-33 in the Lincoln-Way Central Thanksgiving Tournament. The Astros improved to 1-1 in the tournament, which concludes Saturday, and 2-2 overall after…
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Astros play without injured Raynisha Dent, drop first game in the Lincoln-Way Central girls basketball tournament.
- Ken Ryan
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
NEW LENOX -- When Plainfield North sophomore Carlie Corrigan was promoted to the varsity late last season, she was grateful for the opportunity. The experience also proved invaluable. "It helped a lot," Corrigan said. "I knew what I had to do over the summer and in the preseason to play at the varsity level. I knew I needed to be stronger and quicker. Playing last year helped me focus on some key things for this season." Corrigan is a starting forward this season and helped Plainfield North beat Shepard 50-26 Tuesday in the opening game of the Lincoln-Way Central Thanksgiving Tournament. She had 18 points, seven rebounds and a steal in the win. "You can see her athletic ability," Plainfield North coach Jim Walter said. "She can create some…
Monday, November 15, 2010
After a 4-21 season, the Astros are determined to turn their girls basketball fortunes around.
For Shepard's girls basketball team, the only way to go is up. After posting a 4-21 record last season, the Astros are hoping they can build on their experiences and ride the momentum of a strong finish. "We won four of our last six games," Shepard coach Rick Mundo said. "If your season is going to go like that, you want to at least end it on a high note instead of vice-versa so you have something to build on." Returning Players: Mundo said the Astros return nine girls from last year's varsity team. Included on the list is senior forward Raynisha Dent. "Raynisha Dent is going to be one of our go-to-girls," Mundo said. "Kayla McKinney (senior guard), I believe this is her fourth year on varsity at the point. Jamilia McClinton (senior …