ALGONQUIN — Jacobs guard Kyra Cabusao found her way to the rim again and again on Friday night against Dundee-Crown. She scored a game-high 22 points but had to cheer on her teammates from the bench for the final 1:57 after fouling out.
Even without the 5-foot-5 sophomore, the Golden Eagles held on for a 43-42 win over the Chargers. Jacobs (6-9, 4-3 Fox Valley Conference) led by as much as 14 in the first half, but staved off the D-C rally.
D-C (10-7, 5-3 FVC) possessed the ball for the final 59 seconds and used three timeouts to draw up plays, but couldn’t find a game-winning basket.
“They kept coming at us and we knew they would,” Jacobs coach Joe Benoit said. “These types of games, you’ve always got to play to the final buzzer. I thought our kids had just enough left in the tank there to finish it at the end.”
Cabusao, who made 10 field goals, picked up her fifth foul with Jacobs leading by three.
“It was so stressful,” Cabusao said. “I was so happy it ended the way it did. It was fun to watch, but at the same time it was like, ‘I should still be in, I shouldn’t have done that.’”
Most of her field goals came from point-blank range. Cabusao made one 3-pointer and went 1 for 1 from the free-throw line. She was one of four sophomores in the starting lineup for the Eagles.
Forward Kerri Healy was the lone senior in the starting lineup. Benoit said she was a calming presence for the Eagles on the floor, especially on the final defensive stop.
“We were definitely thinking no fouls because they were in the double bonus,” Healy said. “We didn’t want to put them on the line in that situation. We were really focused on keeping them out of the paint and not giving them an easy bucket. If they hit a big three, they hit a big three.”
Healy and Liz Schwartz each added eight points for the Eagles.
D-C opened the game shooting 25 percent from the field in the first half. The Chargers went more than eight minutes of playing time without a point during one stretch.
Despite the struggles on offense, coach Sarah Miller was more upset with the defensive effort Friday.
“We didn’t come ready,” Miller said. “Giving up 27 points in the first half is not our typical team defense. Credit to Jacobs because they came out focused.
“We missed a lot of layups early in the first half. I feel like if we play our defense and we capitalize when we should, it might have been a different ball game.”
D-C had a much better defensive showing late in the game, holding Jacobs to four points in the fourth quarter. Cabusao and Healy each added key buckets in the final quarter to keep the Chargers at bay.
“We knew that they were a really good team, they’re very competitive and they’d come to us with lots of pressure,” Cabusao said. “We made sure that we were able to handle that.”
Alyssa Crenshaw scored 13 points and pulled in six rebounds for the Chargers. Katelyn Skibinski scored 11 points.
STAR OF THE GAME
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Cabusao scored 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles past Dundee-Crown, despite fouling out with 1:57 to play.
4: D-C scored only four points in the first quarter. Later, the Chargers held Jacobs to four points in the fourth quarter.
AND ANOTHER THING …
Cabusao scored her 22 points despite battling through a cold. She said she has been sick the past four days.
Jacobs 43, Dundee-Crown 42
Dundee-Crown 4 13 14 11 — 42
Jacobs 12 15 12 4 — 43
DUNDEE-CROWN (42): Schmidt 1 0-0 3, White 1 2-4 5, Skibinski 4 3-3 11, Randl 1 0-0 2, A. Kieltyka 1 2-4 2, K. Kieltyka 0 0-0 0, Crenshaw 4 5-8 13, Boado 1 2-2 4. Totals: 13 14-21 42.
3-point goals: 2 (Schmidt 1, White 1).
JACOBS (43): Durben 0 2-2 2, Pahl 0 2-2 2, Valldejuli 0 1-2 1, Garden 0 0-0 0, Healy 3 2-2 8, Schwartz 3 2-4 8, Sibless 0 0-0 0, Cabusao 10 1-1 22. Totals: 16 10-13 43.
3-point goals: 1 (Cabusao 1).