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Marist has suspended all extracurricular activities effective March 13, 2020. Students will commence “e learning” on Monday, March 23rd. All athletic games and practices have been postponed thru April 19, 2020. Marist Athletic Department will be in communication when we resume athletic activities this spring. We will be monitoring our email and checking voice mail during this time.
Official Twitter of Chicago (Marist) Athletics Update
February 24th, 2020
IHSA Class 4A Sectional
A.A. Stagg High School
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IHSA CLASS 4A SECTIONAL
Kira Chivers finds ‘fearless’ mode, heats up as Marist tops Thornwood in sectional
Marist's Kira Chivers (13) tries to find a seam against Thornwood in the Class 4A Stagg Sectional semifinals in Palos Hills on Monday,
Marist sophomore Kira Chivers is a point guard in the truest of senses.
She scores her six or seven points, but more often than not, she dishes to everybody else.
During the first half of Monday night’s Class 4A Stagg Sectional semifinal game against Thornwood, everybody else was struggling.
The decision was easy.
“When we need something I’m going to step up and help my team,” Chivers said. “You have to be fearless and get in there."
Her 14 points in the first half was a critical contribution considering Thornwood led 29-28 at halftime. She added four free throws in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter as Marist prevailed 62-56.
Chivers finished with a game-high 18 points for Marist (29-4). Iowa recruit Sydney Affolter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Elise Ward contributed eight points off the bench.
Nayo Lear and Fantasia Baines each scored 16 points for Thornwood (21-10).
The 5-foot-2 Chivers would seem like an unlikely candidate to drive the lane when it’s clogged with traffic. But she did it three times for layups in the first half and got to the line twice. She also sank a pair of 3-pointers.
“When I’m scoring like that I feel I could do it more often,” Chivers said. “But I don’t feel I need to because everybody on my team can score. Just being a part of that, getting an assist or a steal on defense feels great.”
The biggest reason Chivers’ offense was needed was foul trouble. Among the starters who sat on the bench during a big chunk of the first half was Affolter.
Affolter had a good seat for Kira’s show.
“I was super proud of her stepping up,” Affolter said. “Last season when she was a freshman, she had some nerves. But she totally picked it up this year, especially in big-time games when we needed her.”
Three-mendous: Homewood-Flossmoor used a stunning comeback in the second half to defeat Mother McAuley 54-45 in the Stagg Sectional semifinals.
The No. 1 stunner was Imani Mitchell.
The senior guard was scoreless going into the second half, which saw the Vikings trailing 22-15. She made sure they weren’t behind for very long.
Mitchell hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter as H-F (24-4) seized the lead. She was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
“My teammates got some steals and layups, and I knew I’d be next up to shoot the ball,” Mitchell said. “That’s what got me hyped. I just played off of them. They were the ones who got me started.”
Mitchell missed the state playoffs in her junior season due to a knee injury. She’s helping cover the loss two weeks ago of Grace Hall, who’s awaiting knee surgery of her own.
“We’re playing for Grace,” Mitchell said. “I know she wants to be out there with us. I knew how it felt last year. It just felt great to step up.”