VERMILION — In the end, Vermilion’s Bartlome sisters and an unshakable freshman named Caitlyn Schnur outlasted Brookside and senior star Erika Elias on Monday night.
For the second straight game, Elias scored 26 points — 20 of the Cardinals’ 24 in the second half — in a non-conference thriller the Sailors finally pulled out, 43-40.
When the chips were down and Vermilion trailed 38-36 with just over a minute to play, senior Hannah Bartlome, one of the area’s top scorers, made her only field goal of the night. It was a 3-pointer and it gave the Sailors (4-4) a one-point, if short-lived, lead.
Arianna Sanchez, another senior, put the Cardinals (5-4) back on top, 40-39, with two foul shots in the last 53 seconds. But with just under 30 seconds to go, Vermilion sophomore Sarah Bartlome hit a close-range jumper for a 41-39 advantage.
Then when they needed a cushion with seven seconds left, the Sailors got two foul shots from Schnur. It was no coincidence that Schnur’s 11 points led the team and she was the only Vermilion player to score in double figures.
And despite what Schnur said about being nervous at the foul line, she made four straight free throws without a miss for the game.
“Usually I’m like really nervous when I’m put on the spot, but we’ve been practicing our free throws and I’ve been getting a lot better,” she said. “I felt more confident tonight so I took my time and made them. We spend about a fourth of practice practicing (foul shots). Everybody shoots them, and once the whole team makes them, we can to home.”
On the other hand, Hannah Bartlome wasn’t the least bit nervous when she drilled her only basket of the night. She was calm and collected, despite the fact the Cardinals had held her in check with a box-and-one (combination zone and man-to-man) and generally stifling defense from start to finish.
“The entire game, I was missing my threes,” she said. “My feet weren’t set and I started the ball too low, but as soon as I caught the ball on that one, I saw (the defender) coming out and I had the ball where it should have been. I had the right form and as soon as I let it go, I knew it was a ‘swish.’”
“I told the girls she’s a great player,” Brookside coach Tom Moyer said. “She’s a great shot and she put her team ahead. There was a defensive breakdown and that didn’t happen that much tonight. She’s a great player and she took advantage of it. She put the ball in the hole.”
For her part, Sarah Bartlome made just two baskets, but both came in the fourth quarter, the eventual winner with 29 seconds left.
“I was confident in my teammates, because I knew if I ran the plays and we pass like our coach tells us to, I was wide open and I knew I could hit the shot,” Sarah said. “It could have been anyone. It just happened to be me in that spot. We were up one after that and we played solid defense at the end.”
Elias also scored 26 points against Keystone on Saturday night.
“She was our sparkplug tonight,” Moyer said. “We were kind of dead on the offensive end for a little bit, but she really put a spark in us and that sparked our defense. That got us back in the game … got us the lead at one point.”
Vermilion coach Colin Irish said it was a good win for his Sailors.
“We just had to get the train back on track,” he said. “We could easily have faltered, but the girls stayed strong down the stretch and made some huge shots. Hannah hit one, Sarah hit a couple and Caitlyn hit those big free throws. We fell asleep a little bit midway through the third and Elias scored a couple. But luckily, we pulled it out.”
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Vermilion 43, Brookside 40
BROOKSIDE (40): Erika Elias 10-3-26, \Vanessa Vanzant 0-0-0, Ally Behrendt 0-0-0, Eryn Banfield 0-0-0, Miranda Verlato 1-0-2, Marissa Bias 0-0-0, Montana Banner 0-2-2, Arianna Sanchez 3-2-8. Totals 14-9-40.
VERMILION (43): Hanna Bartlome 1-6-9, Sarah Bartlome 2-0-4, Caitlyn Schnur 3-4-11, Jasmine Porter 2-0-4, Jessica Burger 1-0-3, Jen Kovarik 1-2-4, Ali Kowal 4-0-8, Phoebe Diaz 1-0-2. Totals 14-12-43.
Brookside 11 5 18 21 — 55
Vermilion 18 24 21 12 — 75
Three-point goals: Brookside 3-6 (Elias 3), Vermilion 3-11 (H. Bartlome, Schnur, Burger). Field goals: Brookside 14-50 (28 percent), Vermilion 14-51 (27.5 percent). Free throws: Brookside 9-17, Vermilion 12-20. Rebounds: Brookside 28, Vermilion 34. Turnovers: Brookside 18, Vermilion 21.
Junior varsity: Brookside, 29-27