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Spartans (20-14) thwarted by McNamara in Elite Eight bid

FEB. 21- Marian Catholic tried to make a furious comeback in the second half Thursday, but the bid fell short in a 52-41 setback to Bishop McNamara in the championship contest of the Marian IHSA Class 3A Sectional.

Alyshea Smith notched a trio of threes en route to 17 points to pace Marian (20-14), which finished with at least 20 victories for the 20th time. Jules Cutrara chipped in seven points and Jalynn Alexander added six markers.

McNamara (24-11), which got 18 points from Precious Browning, defeated Marian for just the third time in 23 tries.

Spartan junior Alyshea Smith advanced to the IHSA State round in the Three-Point contest with eight of 10 made in a sectional tie-breaker.

Sophs: The Spartans (9-14) fell to Providence in nonconference action, 43-35.

Frosh: Marian was toppled by the Celtics, 34-26.

Feb. 21 (Marian 3A Sectional)
at MARIAN CATHOLIC 6 5 16  14  
16 11 11  14  
Smith (7)-0-17, Barrett 1-0-2, Alexander 3-0-6, Cutrara (2)-1-7, Okonkwo 2-0-4, Kleszynski (2)-0-5, Terry 0-0-0, Wilcox 0-0-0, Kapocius 0-0-0, Torian 0-0-0, Dee 0-0-0. Totals: 17-1-41.
    McNAMARA- Hill 4-0-8, Berg 4-2-10, Brown-Shaw (3)-0-7, Krisko 0-1-1, Browning (7)-1-18, Dixon 3-0-6, Hedge 0-0-0, Dollinger 0-0-0. Totals: 22-4-52.
   Field goals: Marian 17; McNamara 21. Free throws: Marian 1 of 2, .500; McNamara 4 of 10, .400. Three-point goals: Marian 6 (Smith 3, Cutrara 2, Okonkwo); McNamara 4 (Browning 3, Brown-Shaw). Fouls: Marian 9, McNamara 9.
Marian Coach Dan Murray looks on as senior Carmen Jackson makes a college commitment to Hampton University.

2018-19 Season Honors

Team Accomplishments
Waubonsie Valley Invite- 2nd Place
Marian Catholic Invite- 3rd Place
Montini Classic- Cons. Runner-Up 
Thornridge IHSA 3A Regional champs
Marian Catholic IHSA 3A Sectional finalist

IBCA District Coach of the Year
Dan Murray

Daily Southtown All-Area
Juliana Cutrara (Soph.), Honorable Mention

IBCA All-State

Juliana Cutrara (Soph.), 3rd Team

Jalynn Alexander (Soph.), Special Mention

All-East Suburban Catholic
Juliana Cutrara (Soph.), Guard

MIP: Anna Kleszynski
Practice Player: Endiyah Terry
Pride/Hustle: Samantha Barrett


Alumni Exploits

Ashton Millender, DePaul University
Teniya Page, Penn State University
Kauai Bradley, University of Pittsburgh
Jerrell Mathews, Stonybrook University
Asia McCondichie, University of St. Francis
Janae Poisson, Northern Illinois University
Martha Banuelos, Robert Morris University
Elisa DiOrio, Illinois Benedictine University
Mallory Olszak, Carroll College
Jasmine Matthews
earns MAC All-Freshman Team honors for MAC champion Bowling Green
Spartans Simone Law, Patrice King named pre-season All-Horizon at Loyola.
Congrats to Kaila Turner '09 (Notre Dame), NCAA Women's Final Four
Alex Barone (St. Xavier) named NAIA Second Team All-American
Alex Barone (St. Xavier) named CCAC Player of the Year
Casey Davis (Roosevelt) named CCAC Freshman of the Year
Jackie Errico (North Central) named to CCIW First Team All-Conference

2018 Grade School Tourney results
8th Grade                                           
1st- Troy
2nd- St. Michael's
3rd- Incarnation
4th- Memorial
Cons. 1st- Our Lady of the Woods
Cons. 2nd- St. Patricia

7th Grade
1st- Troy
2nd- St. Mary's
3rd- Dolton
Cons. 1st- Prairie Hill JH
Cons. 2nd- Heritage