Girls basketball: Oilers keep perfect record intact
By Brian Gertsch Post-Tribune correspondent December 22, 2012 11:32PM
Whiting's Citlali Lopez (right) knocks the ball out of the hands of Boone Grove's Claudia Cooper during their game held at Boone Grove High School on Saturday December 22, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:51AM
VALPARAISO — Whiting stayed undefeated on the year, moving to 11-0 with a thrilling 61-55 overtime win on the road against Boone Grove.
Junior point guard Citlali Lopez led all scorers with 26 points on 5-for-13 shooting and three 3-point buckets. The most important stat for the young guard was her free-throw shooting, hitting 13 of 15 attempts.
The Oilers looked extraordinary again Saturday night, coming off a dominating 72-21 win over Lake Station on Tuesday. Whiting was impressive shooting the ball, finishing the first half shooting 46 percent from the field.
Boone Grove hung with the Oilers, trailing 24-19 at the half despite 35 percent shooting.
“It’s nice,” Whiting coach Kevin Moynihan said of the perfect record. “We are doing a lot of good things and that’s what we’re focused on. We’re not focused on the wins and losses, we are trying to do things right to grow and get better all year.”
Boone Grove proved to be the most challenging opponent Whiting has faced all season. Coming into Saturday’s game the Oilers had an average margin of victory of 34.6 points.
“They are a big, physical team that takes a lot of things away offensively just with their style of play. Using the trap to create mismatches, making it difficult on our players,” Moynihan said of Boone Grove.
Claudia Cooper hit a huge 3-pointer to draw the Wolves within one midway through the third quarter. Both teams played with an up-tempo style throughout the entire contest, as the game was tied at 32 heading into the fourth.
The Wolves shot 40 percent from the field. Senior guard Paige Aguilera led the team with 24 points, hitting 63 percent of her shot attempts. Aguilera added five steals and five rebounds to a very impressive stat line.
The game was tied at 50 with 8.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Brianna Blackwell drove the lane and threw up a runner that did not fall, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period of play was controlled by the Oilers. Lopez provided the foul shooting needed to put Whiting ahead for good.