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High school boys basketball: Woodstock dashes Marengo's comeback hopes; Marian Central tops Woodstock North

Woodstock let 19-point lead slip away before reclaiming the lead in final minute

MARENGO – Marengo’s Nick Wascher made a 3 from the top of the key, and the Indians’ student section went wild. After trailing by as many as 19, Marengo had its first lead of the game with less than a minute to play.

But at the other end, Woodstock senior Mikey Gardner drove into the lane and hit an eight-foot jump shot to give the lead right back to the Blue Streaks. Woodstock, seeded 10th in its sub-sectional, held on for a 60-55 win in the opening round of the Class 3A Marengo Regional.

“I saw an opportunity to drive,” Gardner said. “It was a shot that I thought I could make.”

Marengo, seeded fifth, turned the ball over on its next possession, and Woodstock’s Andrew Gippert nailed two free throws. Woodstock (8-20) advances to face third-seeded Richmond-Burton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal.

“He’s a senior; he’s a captain,” Woodstock coach Al Baker said of Gardner. “If we don’t win this game, it’s his last one. He’s earned the right to take that shot. I was glad for him, and for us, that he made it.”

Also winning at the Marengo Regional was sixth-seeded Marian Central, 62-56, over ninth-seeded Woodstock North in another regional first-round game. Behind 21 points from A.J. Golembiewski, the Hurricanes advanced to face second-seeded Johnsburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the other regional semifinal.

Marian (10-19) watched a 13-point lead evaporate against the Thunder, but like the Blue Streaks, the Hurricanes found a way to hold on.

“When you play in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, you get this [environment] every night,” Marian coach Curtis Price said. “You can’t say enough about the job A.J. did. He kept us in it, his play on the court, his scoring, his directing guys.”

Marian led, 13-0, within the first 3 1/2 minutes. Forward Kevin Herbst scored 14 points and pulled in eight rebounds for the Hurricanes. Jakub Baranski scored 10 points.

Golembiewski scored 16 of his 21 in the second half.

“It wasn’t the conventional way we play,” Golembiewski said. “We really had to scrap to get this win.”

Ryan Schaffter led North (7-19) with 15 points on five 3-pointers. The Thunder made 11 3s in the game.

Immediately after Marian’s win, Woodstock jumped ahead by 19 at halftime against Marengo. The Streaks shot 45 percent from the floor in the first half, while Marengo struggled at 21 percent.

Marengo’s Matt Fischer – who went 0 for 7 in the first half – found the ignition switch in the second half. He made five 3s and scored 17 points to help the Indians (15-11) pull out of the hole.

“It’s not like the effort wasn’t there in the first half,” Marengo coach Nate Wright said. “The execution wasn’t there. We started doing what we needed to do in the second half. We hit some shots, got some confidence.”

The Indians slowly cut into the lead. They still trailed by nine with three minutes to go.

“They’re a lot bigger than us,” Baker said. “When they went on a run in the second half, a lot of it had to do with offensive rebounds.”

Gardner scored 14 points. Evan Bridges led the Streaks with 15 points and Carl Anderson Jr., who left the game with an ankle injury, scored 11.

Behind Fischer’s 17 for Marengo, Brock Bertrand scored 16 and had 12 rebounds off the bench.

STAR OF THE DAY

Mikey Gardner

Woodstock, sr., G

After Woodstock watched a 19-point lead disappear, Gardner made a shot in the lane to give Woodstock the lead with less than a minute to play.

THE NUMBER

2: The Streaks had lost both previous contests against the Indians this season.

AND ANOTHER THING …

Woodstock was beat up after the game. Carl Anderson Jr. suffered an ankle injury midway through. Starting point guard Tyler Peake was nursing a sore ankle afterward.

Woodstock 60, Marengo 55

Woodstock 14 22 12 12 — 60

Marengo 7 10 22 16 — 55

WOODSTOCK (60): Peake 1 2-3 4, Bridges 5 2-2 15, Anderson Jr. 3 3-3 11, Gardner 5 4-7 14, Gippert 2 2-2 6, Shinherr 0 0-0 0, Adams 4 1-2 10, Grisolia 0 0-0 0, Hanson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 14-19 60.

3-point goals: 6 (Bridges 3, Anderson Jr. 2, Adams 1)

MARENGO (55): Schirmer 1 0-0 2, Borhart 1 0-0 2, Fischer 5 2-2 17, Kirchner 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 2 2-2 6, Bertrand 5 5-5 16, Wascher 2 0-0 6, Smith 1 0-0 3, Shambo 1 0-0 3. Totals: 18 9-9 55.

3-point goals: 8 (Fischer 5, Wascher 2, Shambo 1).

Marian Central 62, Woodstock North 56

Woodstock North 7 15 16 18 — 56

Marian Central 18 8 10 26 — 62

WOODSTOCK NORTH (56): Schaffter 5 0-0 15, Grover 3 2-2 8, Haynes 3 3-5 9, Mergl 3 0-0 9, Fallaw 2 0-0 5, White 0 2-2 2, Gavers 3 0-0 8, Given 0 0-1 0, Patenaude 0 0-0 0, Baseggio 0 0-0 0, Coalson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 7-10 56.

3-point goals: 11 (Schaffter 5, Mergl 3, Fallaw 1, Gavers 2).

MARIAN CENTRAL (62): Herbst 7 0-0 14, Baranski 4 2-3 10, Radcliffe 1 0-1 2, Golembiewski 7 5-6 21, Hucek 0 0-0 0, Limbaugh 0 0-0 0, Preston 0 3-4 3, Moscinski 3 3-4 9, Menner 1 1-1 3, Kramer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 14-16 62.

3-point goals: 2 (Golembiewski 2).

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