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Park Ridge, 1/11/13--Maine South's Danny Quinn controls the basketball as New Trier's Steven Cook hits the floor during Friday's game. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
Over the course of his high school basketball career, Maine South senior Danny Quinn has constantly heard Hawks coach Tony Lavorato and his teammates preach the importance of moving on to the next play.
On Friday night, in arguably Maine South’s biggest game of the season to date, Quinn was able to do just that at the free throw line with 40.9 seconds remaining in overtime. Quinn sank two free throws after missing the front end of a 1-and-1 a little more than a minute earlier to score the game-winning points in Maine South’s 47-45 victory over New Trier. The win pulled the Hawks into a tie atop the Central Suburban South.
“Danny Quinn, I’m so proud of this young man,” Lavorato said. “The young man missed a 1-and-1 in overtime, gets fouled and shoots two. We always talk about going on to the next play and the young man went on to the next play and stuck two of the bigger free throws of his career.”
Quinn struggled during regulation, but Maine South senior John Solari scored a team-high 18 points to help weather an electrifying first half by New Trier senior Steven Cook. Cook, a Princeton signee, scored a game-high 24 points on 16 shots and pulled down eight rebounds. He scored 16 of New Trier’s 21 points in the first half, but the Hawks (13-3, 4-1) did a better job of keeping Cook off the offensive glass and out of the passing lanes in the second half to limit the New Trier star’s points at the rim.
Quinn’s free throws and Maine South’s lock-down defense in the game’s final 13 minutes – New Trier scored just eight points in the fourth quarter and overtime – pulled the Hawks even with the Trevians (13-4, 4-1) in the CSL South. Despite suffering its first conference loss of the season, New Trier coach Scott Fricke remained positive regarding the Trevians’ CSL South prospects after the game.
“It’s way too early to talk about conference,” said Fricke, when asked if he had talked about the CSL South race with his team. “All I know is we’re 4-1 in conference and we’re in good shape right now with a lot of home games coming up in the second half.”