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Freshman guard Brittney Patrick banked a turnaround six-footer in the lane with just over three seconds remaining to cap a 17-10 run over the final six minutes and lift DeKalb to a 50-48 victory over Benet in Thursday’s early semifinal of the Naperville North/Benet Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament in Lisle.
Benet’s Christen Prasse had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but her running 15-footer off the glass at the buzzer bounced off the front rim.
“We battled, we battled, we battled,” said Benet coach Peter Paul, whose team lost a one-point decision at DeKalb earlier this season. “They’re a big team. There were a couple of rebounds and layups we wish we could have had. (Prasse’s final shot) was all we could ask for.”
Benet (10-6) led 17-12 with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter, but had to settle for a 22-20 advantage at the break after an offensive foul gave DeKalb the ball with eight seconds remaining and Brittney Patrick converted a driving layup.
The Redwings extended the lead to 38-33 on a nifty give-and-go from Prasse to Emily Schramek with 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, but DeKalb (15-1) pulled even at 40-40 on a three-pointer by Rachel Torres, the Barb’s only three-pointer of the game.
Brittney Patrick missed the front end of a bonus opportunity with 1:35 remaining, but Benet turned the ball over on its final two possessions allowing DeKalb to set up for the final shot.
“I was praying it would go in,” said Patrick, a 5-foot-4 guard. “I attacked the basket and did what I was supposed to do. I had to make up for missing the free throws. We practice them all the time.”
Schramek, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, led Benet with 20 points. Prasse added 12 points and three steals and sophomore Emily Eshoo had eight points for the Redwings, who were 18 of 22 from the free-throw line.
“We got exactly what we wanted (at the end),” DeKalb coach Chris Davenport said. “We were very fortunate to be down only two points at halftime. We had 13 turnovers and didn’t play particularly well on defense. We had a lot of mental mistakes on both ends.”
Torres led DeKalb with 14 points, Courtney and Brittney Patrick each had 10 and Janay Wright and 6-2 junior Courtney Bemis both had six.