Shepard’s Historical Season Comes to a Close


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Devinee Bowen, Staff Reporter

The varsity basketball team closed out with a 22-8 record as they fell to the Thornton Wildcats in the second round of the JHSA playoffs. The Astros also took second in the South Suburban Red finishing 8-5. The Astros defeated Washington High School in the first round 106-50 of the state playoffs. .
The short-handed Astros gave the Wildcats, who were ranked 25 in the Chicago Tribune a run for their money. Before losing 56-49. Chris Harrison contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds in his final game. Harrison plans to play football at the College of DuPage.

Coach Tony Chiuccariello was pleased with the way the team improved both defensively and in three point shooting this year. The team’s 22 wins were the most since the 2002 season for a Shepard team.
Coach Chic was particularly proud how the team played after being down two scorers. The team lost last year’s second leading scorer because of a transfer. Last year’s leading scorer Harrison missed the first 22 games due to a hand injury. Those two combines for 85 percent of last year’s team scoring.
The team will have a lot of work to do next year, after losing the entire starting lineup.
Tommy Dougherty will be at the next level, but not in basketball. He will play baseball at South Suburban College.
Point guard Korey Burrell hopes to play basketball at Arizona Western. Also graduating are starters Jourdan Jackson and Terrell Richmond.
“Burrell is the straw that stirs our defensive drink,” said coach Chic, “Korey is a relentless ball defender. Richmond is a great point guard and rebounder. Jackson excels in transitions and is a great finisher on fast breaks.”
Chiuccariello calls Dougherty a great glue guy. “He knew all his sets,” said Chic. “He does a great job helping defense in rotations.”
Chiuccariello also mentioned that Tejean Ali will be going to Portland Community College to play basketball and called Fadi Abour the most improved player on the team.