Written by Ken Karson
‘Resilient’ Astros knock off TF North
Few would argue that TF North has been a South Suburban Conference stalwart in basketball ever since the league was initially formed.
Thus, any win over the Meteors is considered a satisfying accomplishment. And, in Shepard’s case, it has also been a somewhat rare one.
“We beat TF North two years ago at the buzzer,” Astros coach Tony Chiuccariello said, “but we don’t beat them very often.”
The odds of Shepard reversing its fortunes Friday night in Palos Heights appeared rather long, especially since the Astros were coming off an emotionally taxing setback against TF South. What made Tuesday’s outcome difficult for Chiuccariello and his players to swallow was that, until a disastrous fourth quarter unfolded, Shepard had been in a reasonably good position to succeed.
However, the Astros surprised Chiuccariello with a spirited practice session on Wednesday, and that energy carried over into Friday. Despite dealing with a distinct height differential that favored TF North, Shepard did enough things right to make off with a 51-42 triumph.