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Varsity
Hinsdale Central 39, Plainfield South 36
Saturday, Nov. 23
Brenda Whitesell Invitational
At Hinsdale Central

Next game: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25
vs. Metea Valley
At Hinsdale Central
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Nina Sarros, Sarah Cernugel

Kendall Butler, Angie Conley, Eleanor Monyek

Varsity game summary
St. Francis 36, Hinsdale Central 34

Hinsdale Central 39, Plainfield South 36

Plainfield South — Syeda 3 0-1 8, James 1 2-2 5, Harris 3 1-2 10, Olagunju 1 0-0 2, Miller 2 0-0 5, Mabry 3 0-0 6, Rickos 0 0-0 0, Ndang 0 0-0 0, Hillery 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-5 36.

Hinsdale Central — Cernugel 2 1-1 6, Randle 1 1-2 3, Butler 0 3-4 3, Monyek 2 5-10 9, Amegadjie 1 1-2 3, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Conley 2 0-0 4, Sarros 5 0-0 10, Ward 0 0-0 0, Howe 0 1-2 1, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-21 39. 

Plainfield South 3 10 9 14 —36
Hinsdale Central 6 5 15 13—39

3-point baskets: PS: Harris 3, Syeda 2, James, Miller; HC: Cernugel. Fouled out: PS: Harris, Olagunju.

St. Francis 36, Hinsdale Central 34
In the final seconds of the season opener, Lanie Randle turned and fired an incredible three-point bank shot that would have put the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team ahead.
Unfortunately, Randle was called for traveling and the basket was nullified.
That was the kind of effort and comeback the Red Devils staged in their 36-34 loss to St. Francis in the opening round of the expanded Hinsdale South Brenda Whitesell Invitational at Hinsdale Central after falling behind 31-21 with 5:23 left.
Randle and Eleanor Monyek each had nine points for the Red Devils and Sarah Cernugel had eight. Randle (three) and Cernugel (two) combined for the team's five three-pointers.
Cernugel also had four steals and Nina Sarros contributed well off the bench with two fourth-quarter assists and four rebounds.
St. Francis' Maggie Culver (11 points) was the only player in double figures. The Spartans were minus one starter and had two others injured or absent.
Cernugel sank two free throws with 24.5  second remaining to cut the deficit to 35-34, but the Red Devils' next foul put the Spartans in the double bonus. Katie Anne De Craene made the first of the two automatic attempts to put St. Francis back ahead by two.
The traveling call came with just 1.0 left. The Spartans successfully inbounded to run out the clock. 
Monyek's fast-break basket with 3:39 left began a scoring flurry that got the Red Devils back into the game.
Randle sank a three, Monyek converted a conventional three-point play and Cernugel hit a three with 1:14 left to close the Red Devils to 33-32.
The Spartans' Elena Castaneda then sank two one-and-bonus free throws with 42.8 seconds after Katelin Chaparro sank two one-and-bonus free throws for their previous points.
Monyek's three-point play free throw was the first free throw the Red Devils converted after missing their first 11. They finished the game 3 for 14.
St. Francis made 4 of its last 5 to finish 9 for 19 from the line.
The Red Devils nearly overcame two 9-0 scoring runs by the Spartans. 
The second came after they took a brief 14-13 lead on the first possession of the third quarter but then later went scoreless for the next 8:35 after closing to 22-21.
Hinsdale Central had scored the first basket but the Spartans scored the other nine points of the first quarter.  
The Red Devils closed to 13-12 by halftime and went ahead 14-13 on Monyek's basket from the left of the lane. After the Spartans answered with a Sullivan three, Maiwen Amegadjie's rebound basket tied the game 16-16.
Following back-to-back baskets by Culver, Randle's three and Kendall Butler's putback basket with 4:14 left in the third quarter cut the deficit to one point twice.
The Red Devils had four of their only 15 turnovers to close out the third quarter after committing 7 on their first 11 possessions of the game.
St. Francis, 12-21 in 2018-19, returns five of last season's 10 juniors and its lone sophomore (Chaparro) from that roster.
Hinsdale Central will play Plainfield South at 10 a.m. Saturday in the consolation semifinals of the Hinsdale Central bracket. With the three-level invite expanded from eight to 16 teams, Hinsdale Central has been added as a host site this season.

Hinsdale Central girls basketball program records (after 2016-17 season)

Hinsdale Central girls basketball career statistics of 2016-17 players

2016-17 West Suburban Silver all-conference team/final standings

2015-16 West Suburban Silver all-conference team/final standings

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