Lady Pacers win on Senior Night
It didn't matter.
The talented freshman made seven layups and finished with a game-high 17 points, leading the Pacers to a 44-34 victory over the visiting Knights.
The score was close throughout the first half, with the highlight being a cut and finish by Hinsdale's Gabby LeClair after a fine feed that came from Nardolillo.
Hinsdale's student section was into it from the opening tip, cheering on the hosts with chants such as "We believe that we will win" and "Let's go Pacers!"
With the score deadlocked at 8-8, the home team went on a 7-0 run that included a couple of hoops from guard Maggie St. John and another by the silky smooth Delaney Wilcox. The Knights would end the first half on a 7-0 surge, however, with a couple of bunnies by Jacinta Hogan sparking it.
Hinsdale went to the break leading 17-16.
With St. John and Wilcox pressuring the Mount Royal guards atop the 2-1-2 zone, the Pacers scored the first 11 points of the second half. Nardolillo was amazing during that span, with two putbacks and a couple of free throws. Olivia Pangelinan added a 3 from the right corner.
After a bucket by Hogan, the Hinsdale center went right back to work. She completed a three-point play and then wowed the crowd by finishing off a give-and-go with Wilcox, off of a steal.
Mariah Nichols drilled consecutive trifectas for the Pacers, giving them a 39-22 advantage with seven minutes remaining.
The Knights used a 7-0 run to get back within 10 points, but that's as close as they would get.
On Senior Night, the 15-1 Pacers honored 12th graders Monika Costello, Gabrial LeClair, Mariah Nichols and Myia Boyd.
Mount Royal: Jacinta Hogan 14 points, Alexis Matte 11 points, Sophia Larose 9 points.
Hinsdale: Angelina Nardolillo 17 points, Delaney Wilcox 7 points, Mariah Nichols 6 points, Gabrial LeClair 5 points, Maggie St. John 4 points, Olivia Pangelinan 3 points, Ericka Girroir 2 points.
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