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Maybe with its 10-0 record, Plainfield East didn’t need a wake-up call.
But Tuesday, courtesy of rival Plainfield North, the Bengals got it.
Executing down the stretch, East pulled out a thriller, defeating North 82-81 in overtime.
“It’s one of those games that keeps you on your toes,” East’s Nikia Edom said. “You’ve got to keep thinking the whole game and be ready for anything. We didn’t start off too good, but we found a way to pull it off.”
In an epic back and forth battle between star seniors, Edom lost the scoring battle but the win was a solid consolation prize. The East senior poured in 33 points to North’s Carlie Corrigan’s 43 points, a school record.
Faith Suggs (25 points) and Nina Maggio (14 points) contributed for East (11-0, 4-0). Kaitlin O’Boye (13 points) and Taylor Weck (12 points) chipped in for North (4-4, 1-3).
It was an energized North squad dominating the boards early, shooting just 6-of-21 in the first quarter but holding a 14-11 lead. The Tigers’ biggest lead was seven points, 49-42, late in the third quarter.
Plainfield East clawed back into the game, and after some early struggles began to execute. The fourth quarter and overtime period saw 14 lead changes. Corrigan (14 rebounds) missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation.
In the overtime session, Suggs scored inside, Edom drilled two free throws, and Andreana Johnson drilled a corner 3-pointer as the Bengals opened on a 7-2 run.
North’s Jordan Heberg’s shot with 10 seconds to go was blocked by Alexis Ogleby. East corralled the rebound and was able to dribble out the clock.
“Even when we were down a couple times, we had to stay calm and not freak out,” Edom said. “We had to keep scoring and play defense.”
Corrigan’s 43 points broke the previous mark set by Takeya Green’s 36.
“It’s a positive when you play a 10-0 team, and you’re right there with them,” Plainfield North coach Reggie Lemon said. “We made some mistakes in the end, but that’s from not being in these situations.”