Sunday, November 20, 2011
Rich Central 49, Andrew 43: Chaz Duson scored 14 points, and the Olympians were able to stave off a late rally by the T-Bolts to take Saturday's Turkey Tourney title game.
The Skinny: Rich Central's impressive full-court press led to a 49-43 girls basketball victory over Andrew on Saturday afternoon in the title game of the T-Bolts' Turkey Turney. No matter how he tried, Andrew coach Bob Matz was unable to come up with adjustments to help the T-Bolts, though the staged a late rally. Rich Central had a 10-point lead at the half and held it into the third quarer. The Olympians were up by as much as 14 before the T-Bolts got some momentum back, using a 15-9 fourth-quarter surge to make things interesting. Patch MVP: Rich Central's Chaz Duson led all scorers with 14 points. She also had two rebounds and three steals. Key Stats: Though Rich Central forced 21 Andrew turnovers, the Olympians' foul trouble sent …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Despite only being a freshman, the spotlight was on Andrew's Molly Franson in the T-Bolts' victory over Thornwood on Thursday.
Despite Thursday night being Senior Night, freshmen center/forward Molly Franson found a way to steal the show. "Tonight was a big night, it was exciting," she said. "I think that kind of hyped me up a little bit, it was fun." Franson led the Thunderbolts with 23 points and six rebounds in a 58-47 girls basketball victory over Thornwood. Andrew coach Bob Matz said Franson's overpowering performance was nothing out of the ordinary. "She does what we need her to do," he said. "If we need her to score, she scores. If we need her to do other things, she does other things. In the first half, she had 15 points in about 4 or 5 minutes. She didn't play much. She's talented." Franson remained modest about the work she did on the court. She said the…
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Andrew 58, Thornwood 47. T-Bolts lose their thunder in the second half, but still manage to stop the Thunderbirds.
The Hot Read: Andrew came out firing on all cylinders on Senior Night, taking a 40-15 lead at the half. The T-Bolts went on to notch a 58-47 girls basketball victory over Thornwood on Thursday. Thornwood clawed its way back in the second half, holding Andrew to six points in the third quarter. Despite the fact that Thornwood scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, it just wasn't enough to get past the T-Bolts. Patch's MVP: Molly Franson (23 points, 6 rebounds). Franson scored six unanswered points in the second quarter to give Andrew a 28-8 lead. Key Stats: Andrew came up with 10 steals. The T-Bolts were nearly perfect from the free throw line, sinking 13 of their 14 attempts. Andrew only fouled twice in the first half, while capitalizing…
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
After a slow start, the T-Bolts are able to push Lincoln-Way North into a deep hole with solid defense and excellent free throw shooting.
For much of the first half, it was all about defense. Andrew and Lincoln-Way North combined for nine field goals and the T-Bolts led 15-10 at halftime of Monday's girls basketball showdown in Tinley Park. Freshman Molly Franson, the T-Bolts' sixth man, scored eight of Andrew’s 15 points and kept her counterpart, 6-3 forward Emily Jenkins of Lincoln-Way North, scoreless for the first half. “I told the girls during halftime that the fact that we scored only 15 points in the first half and were still leading was a positive,” Andrew coach Bob Matz said. After a pair of jumpers by the Phoenix closed the gap to one, the T-Bolts responded with a 13-2 scoring burst to close the third quarter. The Andrew guards, led by Tiana Karopulos, were able …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sophomore Tiana Karopulos scores 18 points in Thunderbolts' victory over Aurora Christian on opening day of Oswego East tourney.
- Ken Ryan
Monday, December 27, 2010
Andrew sophomore guard Tiana Karopulos may not be the loudest or most vocal player on the court, but her contributions to the team are hard to miss. She did a little bit of everything Monday to help Andrew beat Aurora Christian 52-25 in the opening round of the Wolves Winter Classic at Oswego East High School. Karopulos scored a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds, seven steals and a handful of assists. "Quiet is a really a good word to describe 'T' because she's a really quiet kid," Andrew coach Bob Matz said of Karopulos. "She can kind of look at the squad and decide where she can fit in best on that particular day. "If there's a hot hand, she'll keep feeding the hot hand, if we're struggling to score, she can take it to the …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
T-Bolts struggle briefly with half-court pressure, but pull away to defeat Chargers 53-39 in girls basketball on Thursday night.
The Andrew girls basketball team seemed to have the game in hand during the third quarter Thursday night. That is until Stagg started trapping Andrew at half-court. However, the Thunderbolts (7-1, 2-1) figured out the defense and defeated the Chargers 53-39 in a Southwest Suburban Conference Red matchup. "(Stagg) changes defenses a lot," Andrew coach Bob Matz said. "And I think it's a lot on the girls to not only try to remember what you're executing, but to be able to remember when they go to this set, what's my counter." Prior to the game, Stagg coach Bill Turner said his team has been struggling shooting the basketball. The Chargers (0-9, 0-3) jumped out to an early lead with easy ways to score–free throws and layups. Stagg guard Andrea…
Monday, December 6, 2010
Andrew runs win streak to five with 60-34 girls basketball victory over Wolfpack.
Nicole Botich shot lights out. But the real story behind Andrew's 60-34 girls basketball victory over St. Ignatius was the play of the Thunderbolts' defense on Tuesday night. Botich, a junior forward, made 10-of-17 shots and scored a game-high 21 points for Andrew (5-0), which remained undefeated. The T-Bolts limited St. Ignatius to 14 points in the first half. Senior forward Alison Jeffirs led the Wolfpack (3-6) with eight points. "Going into the game, we knew they would be tough," Botich said. "I was just playing where I needed to be and I was getting open shots. Coach told us boxing out would win us the game, so I fought hard against their tallest players and got the rebounds." Seniors Sarah Barracca and Lauren Mangin each scored 12 …
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
T-Bolts cruise to 62-40 victory over Titans in cross-town rivalry game.
Andrew turned a small road trip into a big joyride. Shannon Clark scored a season-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the Thunderbolts' 62-40 girls basketball victory over cross-town rival Tinley Park on Tuesday night. Andrew (4-0) turned the four-mile journey to Tinley Park into a sweet trek to its fourth straight victory. Molly Franson scored 12 points, Tiana Karopulos had 10 and Lauren Mangin nine. The Titans (1-3) were led by Simona Sidaugaite's six points. Diamond Beatty and Tia Clayton each scored five points. Mariah Blackman and Chritina Delvecchio had four. After a physical first quarter, Andrew led 17-8. Then, in the second, the T-Bolts really hit their stride. Clark and her teammates dominated the boards and forced …
Monday, November 29, 2010
Freshman adds an inside presence to lineup, helps T-Bolts win three straight at the Andrew Turkey Tourney.
Sarah Barracca, Shannon Clark, Tiana Karopulos and Lauren Mangin all played plenty of quality minutes last season for the Andrew girls basketball team. Nicole Botich and Molly Franson did not. In fact, Franson wasn't even a student at Andrew. She was in the eighth grade at Grisson Middle School in Orland Hills. The two newcomers had nice debuts in their season-opening Andrew Girls Turkey Tourney. Botich scored 13 points and hauled in eight rebounds in a 54-32 victory over Joliet West. Franson grabbed 14 rebounds and scored a team-high 14 points against the Tigers. She averaged 10.3 points and 8.7 rebounds--all as a non-starter--in the tournament as the T-Bolts swept to a 3-0 record. Next up for Andrew is Tuesday's game at cross-town rival…
Saturday, November 20, 2010
T-Bolts rally from a 10-point deficit against Rich Central to sweep to the Andrew Girls Turkey Tourney Championship.
Most basketball teams are going to fall behind in a lot of games. An undisciplined team will lose confidence, grow frustrated and maybe even give up completely. A veteran-led squad — and one whose teammates believe in each other — fights back. Andrew fell behind by 10 points in the first half in Saturday's final game in Andrew's Girls Turkey Tourney, but the T-Bolts struck back and rallied for a thrilling 52-51 victory. "Composure was huge today, and we tried to impress on the girls that (Rich Central) is going to come out with energy and play hard but that they could wear them down," Andrew coach Bob Matz said. "We had to be the mentally stronger team and to take some hits, endure their spurts and while they'd wait for us to give up, we …