Girls Basketball: Stevenson continues win streak by downing Zion-BentonLincolnshire, IL 1/19/12 Zion-Benton's Girls Basketball team took on Stevenson in Lincolnshire, Thursday evening. Zion-Benton's Mia Yarbrough (42) reaches for the loose ball as it flies out of bounds.
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Updated: January 19, 2012 9:13PM
Stevenson extended its winning streak to seven and knocked Zion-Benton out of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title race with a 44-38 win over the visiting Zee-Bees on Thursday night.
The game was originally slated for Jan. 5, but was postponed due to a teachers strike in Zion.
The Patriots (17-5, 7-1) never trailed (ties at 4-4 and 31-31) but never led by more than seven points.
Stevenson also played the entire game with five players as Hall of Fame coach Tom Dineen did not substitute.
The five were Kari Moffat (18 points), freshman Taylor Buford (10 points, all in the first half), Katie Batman (12 points), Alex Elzinga and Julia Dabrowski (four points, seven rebounds).
Zion-Benton (14-6 overall, 5-4 in the division) got 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior center Octavia Crump and 12 points and nine boards from freshman Mia Yarbrough.
“I thought the big difference was that the energy and effort just weren’t there in the first half tonight,” said Z-B coach Tanya Johnson.
Stevenson led 25-20 at halftime, and after Zion got even at 31-31 with 5:43 left in the game and missed two shots for the lead, Batman made a three-point play to turn the game in Stevenson’s favor for good.
“I thought we defended well,” said Dineen. “Even though the ball was falling the second half, I thought we were in command of the game.
“Down the stretch, we made good decisions and knocked down our free throws, which is what you have to do.”
The Pats were 10-of-13 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to survive a 3-of-21 shooting effort in the second half.
Stevenson plays at Libertyville on Saturday at 3:30.