GRANGER TWP. — The role of spoiler suits the Highland girls basketball team just fine.
After a loss to Suburban League American Conference leading Aurora ended the Hornets’ chances at a league championship, sophomore point guard Tess Myers splashed in a 3-pointer from the left side with less than a second left in overtime Wednesday to secure a 58-57 Suburban League American Conference victory over Revere.
“It was just a heck of an effort against a really good team, and it’s our best win of the year,” Highland coach James Madison said.
The victory eliminated the Minutemen (12-4, 7-3) and clinched the championship for Aurora.
“I feel like it picked us up a lot and it broke their eight-game winning streak,” Myers said. “We really needed that. They beat us the first time, but we knew we could do it.”
Myers made only two shots, both 3-pointers, but also distributed seven assists as she got the Highland (11-6, 6-3) offense moving.
“(Myers) always has her head up and always finds the open player, which really helps our team dynamic,” freshman shooting guard Maddie Miller said.
The Hornets had to rally just to get to overtime after a bucket by Minutemen guard Anna D’Amico put Revere ahead 49-48 with under three minutes left in regulation.
Sophomore wing Kendall McCormick answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession to give Highland a 51-49 advantage. McCormick scored all 13 of her points in the second half and overtime in a gritty performance.
“(McCormick’s) struggling because she’s sick right now and we tried to play her in spurts,” Madison said. “I told her at halftime, ‘We aren’t going to win unless you show up in the second half,’ and she showed up big in the second half.”
After Revere guard Adison Novosel (17 points) tied the game on the next possession, the Hornets drained what was left on the clock, but McCormick’s baseline jumper coming out of a timeout was long.
Highland was down four with less than two minutes remaining in OT after a bucket by center Jess Vari made the score 57-53 and Revere got the ball back, but McCormick got a steal and raced in to make it a two-point game.
“We played our butts off (defensively) in overtime,” Myers said. “We knew we couldn’t give them more than one shot per possession.”
Revere missed the front end on a pair of one-and-one opportunities, leading to a final Highland possession where McCormick threw a skip pass to Myers.
Miller led all scorers with 20 points, including 11 in the first quarter as the Hornets opened a 20-13 advantage. She also grabbed a team-high nine boards.
“Maddie Miller picked us up big time,” Madison said. “She did not look like a freshman out there at all. She looked like a senior.”
Miller hit a game-high four 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter.
“I knew this game was a big game and I made a few 3-pointers and I knew I was hot, so it just gave me confidence to keep going,” she said.
Forward Taylor Rinn had a team-high 18 points and game-high 13 rebounds for Revere.
Highland won the junior varsity game 30-27 behind 12 points from freshman Savannah Polodan.
Highland 58, Revere 57 (OT)
REVERE 13 14 13 11 6 — 57
HIGHLAND 20 10 7 14 7 — 58
Revere — Grace Hete 2-0-4, Taylor Rinn 6-6-18, Jess Vari 6-0-12, Anna D’Amico 2-0-4, Adison Novosel 6-2-17, Taylor Kenna 0-0-0, Audrey Livesay 1-0-2. TOTALS: 23-8-57.
Highland — Kendall McCormick 6-0-13, Lindsay Frederick 1-1-3, Alexis Furyes 3-0-6, Maddie Miller 6-4-20, Tess Myers 2-0-6, Danielle Schlairet 0-0-0, Brooke Stuart 0-0-0, Lauren Frederick 4-0-10, Taryn Kenny 0-0-0. TOTALS: 22-5-58.
3-point goals — Novosel 3, Miller 4, Myers 2, La. Frederick 2, McCormick. Rebounds — Revere 31 (Rinn 13), Highland 28 (Miller 9). Assists — Revere 12 (Rinn 5), Highland 13 (Myers 7). Records — Revere (12-4, 7-3), Highland (11-6, 6-3). Juniorvarsity — Highland 30, Revere 27.