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Elmhurst captures first-ever state championship behind Smith
Region Roundball Review

03/07/09 11:12 pm by RRR | Back




3A - FW Elmhurst v. Owen Valley Patriots


RRR All Tournament Team


MVP - Lecretia Smith FWE (23 points, 12 reb, 6 stls, 3 asts)



Heather Gonser OV (24 pts, 8 reb, 4 stls)

Sam Cooper OV (10 pts, 3 ast, 2 stls)

Kaitlin Sweatman OV (8 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast)

Liza Clemons FWE (10 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast)

Rosie Lewis FWE (10 pts, 4 ast)




Mental Attitude Winner - Lecretia Smith Elmhurst


4Q - Elmhurst 62, Owen Valley 59


Wow, big trey from OV with about 6 seconds to go, but no one fouled Elmhurst to stop the clock. The Trojans win their first-ever state title. Hard-fought win for Elmhurst. Owen Valley gave them all they could handle.


0:15 - Looks like Elmhurst will ice this one. OV at the line, but not enough time at 8 pts behind. Elmhurst frosh Rosie Lewis just sank two free throws prior to give the Trojans a comfortable lead. OV hits both free throws to close the gap to 6, just not enough time.


1:42 - The lead has been changing back and forth for the past few minutes, both teams working the defense very hard. Elmhurst's Clemons in foul trouble with 4. If this goes to OT, might be a factor. Nickole Gonser also in foul trouble with 4. Elmhurst scores back to back and then a travel call on OV gives them the ball again. FWE 58, OV 54


6:44 - OV takes a 2 point lead. Great effort by the Patriots. Their fans are goin' wild!


3Q - Elmhurst 45, Owen Valley 42


Owen Valley is getting some results going back door, completely befuddling the Elmhurst defense. Easy buckets. Elmhurst is grinding it out on the other end with some really tough and inspired play by Smith. She has 21 points through three quarters and Elmhurst is riding her scoring wave so far.


2:49 - On a missed FT by Clemons, Smith sneaks in to grab the rebound for a putback and a foul. She hits the bonus and it's FWE 41, OV 36. Smith is a strong, impressive player that plays very hard. She had 10 rebounds at the half and has picked up a few more here in the 3rd so far.


3:02 - OV had the chance to take the lead, but two missed free throws. FWE 37, OV 36


3:57 - Trading buckets keeping the 4-point margin from the half. Heather Gonser (15) of OV and Lecretia Smith (16) of FWE are doing the bulk of the damage for both teams at this point. This is a fast-paced game with a LOT of turnovers, pressure and some sloppy play. But the crowds are loving it on both sides of the arena.


2Q - Elmhurst 28, Owen Valley 24


Lots of turnovers in this game by both teams. Some by pressure and some I just can't explain. :-x


OV makes a strong run at the end of the half to get within four points. Huge tie up by Mack Evans of OV (left) with the clock winding down to get possession with about 6 seconds to go. Nickole Gonser takes it from coast-to-coast for a layin right before the buzzer, giving the Patriots a  good deal of momentum heading to the locker room.


4:09 - Elmhurst has been relentless with their pressure. FWE 24, OV 16



1Q - FW Elmhurst 20, Owen Valley 11


0:41.7 - Too many turnovers for OV as Elmhurst continues to hound the ball, turning them into fast break points. FWE 18, OV 9


3:34 - Elmhurst continues to harass the OV guards on the press, but they are getting better at breaking it and as a result have put together some good scoring opportunities. But Elmhurst is hanging right with them bucket for bucket. Nine of Elmhurst's 12 points are from Smith and Clemons. FWE 12, OV 7


6:28 - Elmhurst jumps out to a 5-0 lead, putting some tough pressure on the Patriots. Huge crowd here for Owen Valley, with some really vocal fans. Trying to get into the heads of the Elmhurst girls.

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