Senior center Maddie Drain was unstoppable, as the 6-3 tower of power had 18 points and 17 rebounds as Prairie Ridge overcame an early 1-11 deficit and beat Highland Park 61-56 on Day 1 of the Mundelein tourney.
Down 59-46 with 4:24 to go, Highland Park scored 10 points in a row to get within three with 35 seconds left. But Quick scored on a putback and Drain hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal it.
Drain, whose post moves in the Wolves’ set offense and offensive rebounding was the big difference in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
For Highland Park, Mackenzie Paulsen had 18 points, Grace Quirk 17 and Sarah Glazer 10. Aly Clark had 16 points and Kelly Keldnworth 12 for the Wolves.
“We were obviously nervous at the beginning, and you don’t take care of the ball very well when you’re nervous. You don’t make good decisions. We settled down, figured out where we needed to go. (Kelly) Klendworth his some big threes when we needed them, and (Maddie) Drain posted up well. We did just enough. Give Highland Park credit. They didn’t quit. They made shots and made it tough for us.” —Prairie Ridge coach Rob Baker