Hoye delivers again during OPRF win over Nazareth at MLK Classic
Updated: January 28, 2013 5:17PM
CHICAGO — Hailey Hoye didn’t score close to 32 points again, but her team-high 19 Monday was enough to lead Oak Park-River Forest to a win at the MLK Dream Classic at Young.
The sophomore guard, coming off a career high Saturday, delivered a pair of insurance free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining to lift the Huskies past Nazareth 72-71. Nazareth cut their deficit to a point with when Eileen Kennedy scored her only basket on a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining.
After losing eight of nine games, OPRF (9-12) has won four in a row and dropped only one game this year. The Huskies at 7 p.m. Tuesday host Evanston (18-3), which beat North Chicago Monday at the Dream Classic in Chicago.
Hoye is still flying high from Saturday’s 82-72 West Suburban Silver win at Downers Grove North when she made 6-of-10 3-point shots and converted 14-of-15 free throws to obliterate her previous career scoring high of 19 points.
“My warmup shots were off,” Hoye said Monday about her performance Saturday. “I felt it on my first shot. After that, I looked around to get open.
“It was amazing. I’m only a sophomore. That was one of my best (games).”
Against Nazareth (12-9), OPRF pulled ahead 68-62 on five consecutive points late in the fourth quarter. Cuyla Hall’s two foul shots with 1:03 to go gave the Huskies a 70-66 lead. Caroline Kelty scored 18 points and Hall added 11 points for OPRF.
OPRF missed two front ends in the bonus in the final 32 seconds, but Nazareth’s only basket besides Kennedy’s 3 in the final 1 1/2 minutes was Juliana Raimondi’s layup with 39 seconds.
“It was a good effort,” Nazareth coach Kim Connell said, “but we had too many turnovers, missed too many layups and missed too many free throws.”
Junior Tetre’anah Cross scored a career-high 20 points for the Roadrunners, who host Queen of Peace at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kathryn Slunecko added 13 points for Nazareth.