IMAC teams pull away in games’ waning moments

It may have taken until late in the game on both counts, but the Immaculate Raiders found a way to take two Northeast Kansas League contests against McLouth Friday night in Leavenworth.

The Raider girls got 17 points from senior Ally Campbell and 11 points by senior Jordan Sachse to hold off McLouth 42-37 while a back-and-forth affair in the boys’ contest saw IMAC pull away late and escape with a 46-41 victory over the Bulldogs.

In the IMAC girls’ (2-10, 1-9) win, the squad overcame some offensive doldrums in spots and came up big toward the end when Campbell hit a late shot in transition than iced the game with two free throws.

Also, diminutive dynamo, freshman Gina Favero, harassed McLouth defenders all night in the backcourt and it seemed to rattle the Bulldogs’ cage quite a bit.

“The past few games I have been playing better defense, so we started a new defense where I pressure the point and my teammates jump the passing lanes,” Favero said. “Whenever I get a steal (she sees the effect) when they get mad and start turning the over and mess up on their own. It then effects their teammates a little bit.

“I always try my best and I want to do well. I am an aggressive player. I am not really a shooter so I have to be a little feisty.”

Favero also hit two free throws late to aid the Raider win.

“We grew up,” IMAC head coach James Bishop said. “I had two sophomores that combined for 10 points that usually combine for two or four. I have a freshman out there who finally woke up on defense in Favero…and my seniors, they grew up. I put a lot of pressure on them.

“(Favero) it’s about confidence. In the beginning of the season she was looking at girls, 30-40 pounds heavier than her and 2-3 years older than her and she wasn’t used to that. Now we are 12 games into the season and she realizes there’s nothing to be scared of. Now she is getting smarter…she is trying to figure what the ball handler is going to do, before they do it.”

Zach Schwinn scored 25 points, including the game’s final five after the game was knotted at 41.

Schwinn hit a 3-bomb with 25 seconds left to break the tie and then the icing free throws with five seconds left.