Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ic Keeps Its Cool, Advances to Semis

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ic Keeps Its Cool, Advances to Semis

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FAIR LAWN -- Immaculate Conception wasn't about to become the latest chapter in a Cinderella story.

The top-seeded Blue Wolves got pushed hard by No. 9 NV/Demarest on Saturday, but kept their composure down the stretch.

They played smart defense and hit some big free throws in the closing minutes, holding off the Norsewomen, 52-47, in a Bergen County girls basketball quarterfinal at Fair Lawn High School.

"This is our coming-out season," said Jordan McLemore, an Immaculate Conception sophomore guard. "This is where we make a name for ourselves."

The Blue Wolves (12-4) face fourth-seeded Teaneck in next Sunday's semifinal at Ramapo College in Mahwah. No. 2 NV/Old Tappan plays No. 3 Saddle River Day in the other semifinal.

McLemore, who is stepping up as a leader, hit two free throws with 2:50 remaining to give the Blue Wolves a 47-41 lead.

NV/Demarest senior Victoria Corcoran answered with a three- pointer 10 seconds later, and it looked like the Norsewomen were reading from the same script they used against Queen of Peace last week.

McLemore hit another free throw to make it 48-44, but NV/ Demarest junior guard Mackenzie Press answered with another three- pointer to make it 48-47 with 1:12 to play.

McLemore, who finished with 16 points, hit two more free throws with 32 seconds to play to make it 50-47.

But the Norsewomen ran out of comebacks. They had three chances to pull even in the final 30 seconds before the Blue Wolves sealed the win with a pair of Breyenne Bellerand free throws with four seconds remaining.

Senior forward Jasmine Gee had 15 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots for Immaculate Conception. Bellerand, a junior guard, had 12 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Victoria Corcoran led NV/Demarest with 16 points and her sister, Veronica, added 10.

"We didn't give up because we've been down before," said NV/ Demarest coach Jen Jurjevic. …

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