Girls Basketball: Glenbrook North rolls past Guerin
Updated: December 27, 2011 10:39PM
Rachel Blitt has the records memorized. In her previous two
years on the Glenbrook North varsity team her clubs have posted a 14-46
So that’s why her senior season is so joyous. On Tuesday night in Arlington
Heights, Blitt and the Spartans completed a 5-0 run through the Saint Viator
29th annual Snowflake Tournament. The final game was a 61-38 romp over
Guerin Prep. Blitt was named MVP of the tournament.
“This is a nice change of pace,’’ Blitt said. “We knew coming into the
season that we had a lot of very talented players.”
If Blitt was MVP of the tourney certainly the MVP of this championship game
was senior transfer Gracie Sanchez. All the former Trinity player did in
this game was post a triple-double. That was 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10
“She’s clearly the best player I’ve coached,’’ said Glenbrook North coach
Renee Brosnan. “She’s a very good inside presence for us. She also has great
The Spartans (12-4) had already beaten Guerin earlier in the tourney (67-53).
The Lady Gators stayed close to Glenbrook North entering the second quarter.
Guerin was down just 13-10 early in the second quarter after a jumper from Cara Yacobucci.
Glenbrook North had only three scorers at halftime but that threesome
outscored Guerin’s team 19-7. That was 15 points from Sanchez, nine from
Blitt and eight more from Morgan Zivin.
“This is a team game,’’ Blitt said. “The MVP is a great award but it’s a
team award. We couldn’t have asked for a better tournament.”
Guerin’s offense checked in during the third quarter. Aided by
all-tournament selection Jackie Bartnicki (11 points), the Gators reached
double-figures in scoring in the quarter. However, Guerin couldn’t slow
down the GBN offense. The Spartans had strong quarters from Erica Sogo (8
points and 8 rebounds) and Dani DeCesare.
In the fourth quarter, both teams used their bench. Guerin’s other
all-tourney selection, Kalie DiNunno, joined Bartnicki with a team-high 11
points. Sara Brodner added 8 points for the Gators. Glenbrook North’s Grace
Morrissey scored all five of her points in the game’s last four minutes.
Zivin added a three-pointer to finish with 11 points for the champions.
Saint Viator claimed the third-place game 58-45 over Maine East.