Joliet girls J-Hawks team never really had the chance to get going in this tournament and prove themselves. Having lost to Huntley in the first round they then got a Bye into the loser out game against Columbus. The winner would proceed to the Consolation game.
The first quarter was a tight affair with the score ending 7-7.
Columbus’ Rachel Ault ran through at the end for an opportunist try but failed to connect with the Joliet net.
The second quarter saw Columbus suddenly step up a gear with Cougar Courtney Martinez first shot curling round the rim and out but only as far as herself who made sure at the second attempt.
Joliet’s McKinna Olson picked a loose pass and ran the court but the ball bounced back to play off the net. However she got another rebound from a free throw and added another.
Nicole Luloff, Joliet, found a nice basket to interrupt Columbus growing control but Ault continued to cause problems. Just before the half she turned three players, found the gap and got two.
Half time 21-9 to Columbus.
A turnover straight away for Columbus at the beginning of the third quarter summed up Joliet’s night and resulted in profit. The Joliet players were unlucky as the rebounds ended up in the hands of the taller Columbus girls.
Kaylee Rowlinson got two for the J-Hawks and drew a foul making the score 27-11. She got two again. This was determined play as she avoided the pitfalls of getting into heavy traffic and deciding to shoot from the three-point line. Rowlinson scored six in two minutes to pull Joliet back to 27-15.
For a moment Joliet held Columbus back better than in the first half but a need to create more movement caught them out.
Into the fourth quarter Columbus led by 38-20. The score would have been closer had Joliet converted their numerous free throws.
The J-Hawks were having more success playing on the outer ring than trying to find space under the net.
However Columbus gained a firm control on the game and Joliet could not deal with their two-prong attack lead by the master of damage Ault, who as if to prove the point, was rested in the final minutes of the encounter.
Final score 56-28 to Columbus.