Marian Central Catholic High School’s Lady ’Canes defeated Alden-Hebron at Landers Pavilion Nov. 29.
Junior guard Vannessa Garrelts set a school record for most points scored in a game at 33. The previous record was 31. “I’m pretty excited. I’ve been chasing that for a while. It was a goal of mine this year. My next goal is to break it again,” Garrelts said.
Grace Shukis added seven points and Maria Mercurio added five points in the 55-41 victory.
“It’s a work in progress. There’s a lot of juniors and they haven’t played a whole lot with Vannessa. The chemistry will come, and it is getting there,“ head coach Tony Powe said. “Vannessa is the hardest worker, by far, in how she approaches the game, even how she approaches practice. She’s a vocal leader, but she also leads by example.”
The Lady ’Canes defeated Regina Dominican 51-41 Dec. 4 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference/Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Challenge, moving their season record to 5-2.
Garrelts contributed 27 points, Shukis had eight points, and Emily Radecki had five points.
The team faces its first conference rival Dec. 7 in an away game at Marist in Chicago.
Marian’s boys basketball had a successful week as well, winning a home game against nonconference rival Sandwich 58-38, moving their record to 3-1 for the season.
The Hurricanes exchanged the lead with Sandwich throughout the first quarter but led going into the half 30-19. They never trailed in the second half.
Shooting guard Alex Golembiewski had 19 points. Small forward Ben Keller had 13 points, and power forward Sam Ohlrich had eight points.
“I think we played well, but we still have to take care of the ball better,” said Ohlrich after the game.
Beginning his first season as head coach, Jim Sarther was happy with his team’s progress so far.
“Overall we are feeling good, being as young in the season as we are. I was really happy with what we did tonight,” Sarther said. “We’re still working step by step. We have a lot of juniors on this team, we have a couple of seniors that didn’t play a lot last year. Getting them used to the speed of varsity basketball is where we’re at right now.”
The Hurricanes face their first ESCC rival Friday, Dec. 9, at Joliet Catholic.