Girls Basketball: Marshall’s Apiphany Woods leads North/West to victory at Luther Bedford Classic

Updated: April 14, 2012 5:38PM

The girls may have stole the show in the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association’s Luther Bedford All-Star Classic Saturday afternoon at Young.

Playing before the boys game, the showcase was mostly a one-sided affair until the final seven minutes when the game broke into a frenzy as the North/West team hung on for a thrilling 81-76 victory.

Fatigue may have played a major factor for the South/Central squad and over-confidence nearly cost the North/West team a victory. The South/Central only suited seven players to the North/West’s 11.

The North/West played at a hectic pace in the first half and led 51-39 at halftime.

UIC-bound Catlin Garant (15 points) of Bogan led a second-half comeback as she scored eight consecutive points, blocked three shots and pulled down seven rebounds during a 30-2 run in the final six minutes as South/Central tied the game at 76 with 2:37 left.

The North/West team went to a spread offense in the final minutes and closed out the game sinking five of six free throws — four by Von Steuben’s Amber Johnson.

“We could have used a few more players in a game like this,” Garant said. “But give our team a lot of credit. We never stop playing and we nearly pulled it out.”

Marshall’s Apiphany Woods led three players in double figures with 18 points; Jameeshia Armstrong had 16; and Johnson finished with 10.

“We saw what they had and took them for granted,” Johnson said. “Then they surprised us with that run, but we regrouped in time and got the victory.”

“It was us thinking the game was over and we started just jacking up shots and not taking care of the ball,’’ Armstrong said. ‘‘Then we looked and realized that it was game on and we had to buckle down and took care of business.’’

Garant led South/Central with 15 points; Harlan’s LaTisha Bennett had 12; and Brown had ten.

“When the game got out of hand, we had nothing to lose and we just gave it everything we had,” Brown said.

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