PROPHETSTOWN— Prophetstown's 5-foot-2 point guard Corrie Reiley drove the lane and headed straight for Orion's 6-foot-2 center Cassidy Clark and at the last minute scooped the ball out for a finger roll.|
The move forced Clark (team high six points, seven blocked shots) to reach over Reiley and commit her third foul, sending her to the bench with 3:52 to play in the second quarter.
Without Clark, Orion lost its footing and a Lady Prophets three-point lead became a 14-point lead by halftime and eventually led to a 50-20 Prophetstown victory over the Chargers during Day 2 at the Lady Prophets Tournament.
"That was big, I think she thinks she's 6-foot tall," said legendary Prophetstown coach Don Robinson of Reiley.
"Mr. Robinson said not to shoot straight over her and I knew with a finger roll she wouldn't be able to block it," said Reiley, who finished with eight points and a game-high four steals."
Orion (9-5) committed 23 turnovers, shot 8-of-35 from the field, and scored four points or less in a quarter three times. Needless to say, it wasn't the Chargers' night.
"I think it was all in our heads, and turnovers killed us," said Clark, who had five blocks in the first quarter and tried to take a positive spin after the game. "We have to use this game to our advantage, keep it in the back of our mind, and never let it happen again."
Prophetstown (17-1) looked overmatched against Orion's huge height advantage, but it didn't seem to matter. The Lady Prophets found ways to win, proving why Robinson has 633 career wins.
Even with 6-foot Katie Garrity (four points) guarding her all night, big sister Cassie Reiley (game-highs of 15 points and four assists) made it work even with an 8-inch disadvantage. She canned a buzzer beater in each of the first three quarters to extend the Lady Prophets' lead.
"It was awesome, kind of a dagger in every single quarter," said the elder Reiley.
Added Robinson, "That's huge and that's senior leadership. I like her having the ball when the clock is winding down."
Fellow Prophets senior Riley Walters (14 points, seven rebounds) endured having her shots blocked in the post, but just kept coming at the Chargers and canned her free throws when she drew fouls.
Riverdale routs Hall:The Riverdale Lady Rams (13-2) set up a showdown in tonight's championship at 7:30 vs. the Lady Prophets by routing Hall 70-35 to make Riverdale 3-0 in pool play.
The Lady Rams led by double digits at the end of the first frame and the lead only grew behind senior Hannah Nimrick (game-high 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks) and juniors Lauren Claus (18 points) and Sydney Mericle. Mericle had an all-around game of 12 points, eight rebounds (six offensive), five assists, and four steals.
"We worked good as a team and that's what we want to be, a good team" said Mericle.
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